Charwei Tsai Taiwan, b. 1980

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.