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Adulthood, 2015, ink and color on paper, silver foil, 177 × 87 cm. Collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.



Instanimals, 2020, ink and color on paper, 222 × 444 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Alchemy of Malice, 2020, ink and color on paper, 120 × 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



Hypocrisy, 2020, ink and color on paper, 120 × 60 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



On the Windward Side, 2015, ink and color on paper, 120 × 79.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



The Omnipresent Performances, 2010, ink and color on paper, 100 × 100 cm. Collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.



Summer on the Balcony, 2013, ink and color on paper, 34 × 62 cm. Private Collection.




TSENG Chien-Ying

The Seventh Genre: Habitat/Zoo/National Park



Tseng starts from the traditional oriental techniques with the integration of current contemporary life experience and popular culture in his painting. The artist devotes himself to exploring the possibility of traditional materials or painting languages fused into contemporary practices. By presenting the psychological state through the depiction of human senses, Tseng investigates the discomfort of the psychological body or the sense of contradiction in social life. He combines the seemingly exquisite and delicate scenes in the paintings with elements of cruelty, absurdity, and void to highlight the hidden violence in society suffered by individuals. From the absurdity in the imagery of Tseng’s works, he attempts to ponder the significance of human existence in the debate between spirituality and the material world through the analysis and review of the faculty world. In this series, the artist takes “all living beings” as the core concept, using images widely spread in online social media to depict head portraits of animals that share a close relationship with humans in daily life. By taking these animals as part of the society and creating portraits of them, the artist explores the interactions and behavioral relationships between animals and humans in contemporary society, as well as the phenomenon of animal celebratization.

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Tseng Chien-Ying was born in Nantou in 1987 and graduated from M.F.A. program at Taipei National University of the Arts. Tseng currently lives and works in Taipei, creating mainly paintings of east Asia media, such as ink painting and eastern gouache, and ceramic sculptures. Tseng was the recipient of ACC grant in 2017, and was selected by the Ministry of Culture to the Art Taipei MIT section (2015). Major group exhibitions include Photosynthesis II (BACC, 2019) and Memories Interwoven and Overlapped: Post-Martial Law Era Ink Painting in Taiwan (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2017).