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: 14th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2023); Performance at Climat: quelle culture pour quel futur?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2022); Screening and talk, Tate Lates, Tate Modern, London, U.K. (2022); Solo exhibition: The Songs We Carry, Vernacular Institute, Mexico City, Mexico (2021); Listen to the Sound of the Earth Turning (2022) and Lines Tell Everything about the Universe — Kusama Yayoi, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Charwei Tsai, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2022 & 2021); Rituel·le·s, Institut d'art contemporain - Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France (2020); Jogja Biennale (2019); Power of Intention: Reinventing the (prayer) Wheel, Rubin Museum, New York (2019); Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, U.K. (2018); 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 (2018); 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. (2017); Solo exhibition: Water Moon, Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France (2017); Biennale of Sydney (2016); Simple Shapes, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2014); Sharjah Biennial (2013); Phantoms of Asia at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2012); Yokohama Triennial (2011); 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 Foundation, 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.