Born in 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan
Now lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan
Charwei Tsai graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in industrial design and art & architectural history (2002), and the postgraduate research program La Seine at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2010).
Highly personal yet universal concerns spur Tsai’s multi-media practice. Geographical, social, and spiritual motifs inform a body of work, which encourages viewer participation outside the confines of complacent contemplation. Preoccupied with the human/nature relationship, Tsai meditates on the complexities among cultural beliefs, spirituality, and transience.
Charwei Tsai has participated in international exhibitions and biennials including: The Songs We Carry, Vernacular Institute, Mexico City, Mexico (2021); Lines Tell Everything about the Universe — Kusama Yayoi, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Charwei Tsai, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2021); Welcome Stranger, To This Place, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan (2021); Ritual: The Past in the Present, Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns, Australia (2021); Rituel·le·s, Institut d'art contemporain - Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes (IAC), Villeurbanne, France (2020); Jogja Biennale and Power of Intention: Reinventing the (prayer) Wheel, Rubin Museum, New York (2019), Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, U.K., 2050, A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan, In collaboration with Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and Minimalism: Space, Light, Object, Art Science Museum in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore, Singapore (2018), Hear Her Singing, Commissioned by Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, U.K. and Water Moon, Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France (2017), Biennale of Sydney (2016), Simple Shapes at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2015) and Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2014), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Phantoms of Asia at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2012), Yokohama Triennial and Ruhrtriennale (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), Traces of the Sacred at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2007), Singapore Biennale (2006), and J'en Rêve at Cartier Foundation, Paris (2005).
Tsai’s works are in public and private collections including those held at Tate Modern, London, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, M+ Collection, Hong Kong, Faurschou Fondation, Copenhagen, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco / France, Contemporary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France, and FRAC Lorraine, France.
Tsai has also published a curatorial journal titled Lovely Daze twice a year since 2005. The complete sets of Lovely Daze are in the library collections of Tate Modern, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Pompidou Center, Paris, and MACBA, Barcelona.