Born in 1961, Taipei, Taiwan, to a Chinese-Russian father and a Chinese-German mother, Yomei studied art and literature at Skidmore College, upstate New York, after a traditional Chinese education in Taiwan. As a child in Taiwan she studied traditional Chinese landscape painting with the contemporary master Hu Nian-Tzu, life drawing with Li Der, and watercolour with Wang Lan. She began writing poetry at the age of ten. Later she moved to Germany to study the German language in Lüneburg and Göttingen. In 1981, she moved again, to England, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History and Theory of Art and English Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1984. At Kent, Yomei studied under the eminent modern art historian and critic, Dr. Stephen Bann.