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b. 1980, Taiwan

Charwei Tsai Biography

Charwei Tsai was born in Taiwan and presently lives and works in Taipei and Paris. Tsai utilizes a variety of media in politically engaged performative practice. Her works are highly personal, portraying a sense of her Taiwanese identity and the consequent implications. Geographical, social, and spiritual concerns inform a body of work directed towards activating participation outside the confines of complacent contemplation.

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Tsai graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design and Art & Architectural History (2002) and completed the postgraduate research program at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2010). She has had solo exhibitions in Taipei, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bogotá and Mumbai with The Guild in 2010 and her projects have been included in various international exhibitions, including the J'en Rêve at Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (2005),  inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at the ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2007), Traces du Sacré at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008), the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), and Taiwan Calling at the Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2010), Yokohama Triennale and the Ruhrtriennale (both in 2011).

In addition to her art practice, Tsai has published an artist’s journal Lovely Daze twice annually since 2005.

Charwei Tsai Featured Artworks

Migration 遷移 by Charwei Tsai contemporary artwork
Charwei TsaiMigration 遷移, 2019Video installation
TKG+ Contact Gallery
Bonsai Series III - I 盆栽系列 III - I by Charwei Tsai contemporary artwork
Charwei TsaiBonsai Series III - I 盆栽系列 III - I, 2011Black ink on lithograph
26 x 31 cm
TKG+ Contact Gallery

Charwei Tsai Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, PLUS X at TKG+, Taipei
Closed
7 December 2019–22 January 2020 Group Show PLUS X TKG+TKG+, Taipei

Charwei Tsai Represented By

TKG+ contemporary art gallery in TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan TKG+ Taipei

Charwei Tsai In Ocula Magazine

Charwei Tsai Ocula Conversation Charwei Tsai By Tiffany Leung, Manchester

Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's memorising and compulsive writing of the Heart Sutra—a Buddhist scripture that distills the wisdom of impermanence—is at the heart of her practice. Over the past ten years, Tsai has moved from writing to drawing, photography, and film—a selection of which is being presented at the Centre for...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection By Jane O’Sullivan, Sydney

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s history....

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel By Jane O'Sullivan, Sydney

When Australian collectors and philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman moved from South Africa to Australia in 1976, Gene says they instantly recognised a “buzz about Asia” that they weren’t expecting. As an academic teaching French literature, the push towards Asian languages also put her out of a job. “I went...

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Charwei Tsai In Related Press

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BULAUBULAU CHARWEI TSAI Related Press BULAUBULAU CHARWEI TSAI 1 January 2019, ArtAsiaPacific

Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, Bulaubulau, at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, drew upon universal yet highly personal concerns surrounding indigenous communities in Taiwan. Utilizing a range of natural and manmade materials in her practice, the artist comments on both the...

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Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design Related Press Preview: 8 highlights from Art021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and West Bund Art and Design 8 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

November is a big month for Shanghai. From 10 to 13 November 2016, ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair will open its doors at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Now in its fourth year, the fair is an officially sanctioned project of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival and includes the participation of 84 galleries from 18 countries...

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A 'Universe of Possibilities': Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai Related Press A 'Universe of Possibilities': Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai 7 November 2016, Art Radar

The Taiwanese-born artist Charwei Tsai (b. 1980), incorporates geographical, social and spiritual motifs onto natural embodiments of work that stimulate human perceptual thought. Tsai’s intuitive style developed after graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 and L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris 2010. In...

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Biennale of Sydney: 'The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed' Related Press Biennale of Sydney: 'The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed' 24 March 2016, Wallpaper

At the 20th Biennale of Sydney, guest artistic director Stephanie Rosenthal – chief curator at London’s Hayward Gallery – addresses the urgency for reaction to and reflection upon our current place in time. She has assembled 83 international artists from 35 countries to exhibit, perform and spark debate across seven venues, or...

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