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. In addition to her art practice, Tsai publishes, designs and edits Lovely Daze, a curatorial journal published twice a year since 2005.
Tsai has had solo exhibitions and projects internationally, including Root of Desire, TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan (2018); Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, U.K. (2018); Water Moon, Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, France, and Hear Her Singing, a project commissioned by Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London, U.K. (both in 2017); A Dedication to the Sea, curated by Eugene Tan at Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Singapore (2012); and Water, Earth and Air, curated by Suhanya Raffel at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia (2009). She has participated in group exhibitions and biennials, including Minimalism: Space, Light, Object, Art & Science Museum in collaboration with National Gallery Singapore; Scared Spaces, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, U.S. (both in 2018); Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2016); Simple Shapes, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2015), and Centre Pompidou-Metz, Paris, France (2014); Sharjah Biennial (2013); Yokohama Triennial (2011); 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009); Traces of the Sacred, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2008); Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves, ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); and the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006).
Tsai’s works are in public and private collections, including those held at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Mori Art Museum, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Yokohama Museum of Art, Frac Lorraine, Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne, Kadist Foundation, Uli Sigg Collection, and Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen. 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 Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona.