Born in Shantou, a port city in southeastern China, Tsang Kin-Wah migrated to Hong Kong at age six. After completing an undergraduate degree in fine art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000, he moved to London and received a master’s degree in book arts at the Camberwell College of Arts, London Institute (now the University of the Arts London) in 2003.
In his early works, Tsang combined texts in decorative patterns to create wallpaper that covers the walls, floors, and ceilings of their designated exhibition spaces. On closer inspection, seemingly elegant floral patterns reveal themselves as profane writings by both the artist and other authors. In doing so, Tsang brings to the fore contradictions between image and text, appearance and content.
Such interplays continue to be important in Tsang’s transition from static wall-based art to multimedia video installations. Created after 2007, the latter type of works often creates an immersive environment through digitally rendered, dynamic text and image projections. Their subjects range widely from identity politics and cultural conflicts to current and historical events.
Tsang’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Chinese Arts Centre (now Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art), UK (2008); Mori Art Museum, Japan (2011-12); Thurgau Art Museum, Switzerland (2015); M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong (2016); and Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (2017-18). Tsang has participated in group exhibitions including the Lyon Biennial, France (2009-10); Memories of the Future, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2010-11); Sydney Biennial, Australia (2010); Asian Art Biennial, Taichung, Taiwan (2011-12); Landscape: The Virtual, The Actual, The Possible?, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2014), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2014-15); Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections, Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (2016); Tales of Our Time, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2016-17); and Overbooked, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2020).
In 2015, he represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale. Tsang lives and works in Hong Kong.
Kongkee & Tsang Kin-WahFeatured in Hong Kong Economic Times May 6, 2023Galerie du Monde is delighted to share artists Kongkee and Tsang Kin-Wah are featured in one of the recent article published on Hong Kong Economic...Read more
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Tsang Kin-WahSpecial Commission, UBS Collection March 21, 2023Galerie du Monde is thrilled to share that Tsang Kin-Wah's site-specific installation Waiting for the Rain, My Beautiful Friend (2023) has been acquired by the...Read more
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Tsang Kin-WahTai Kwun Contemporary - Screening & Artist’s Talk June 8, 2022Tai Kwun Contemporary Artist’s Choice: Tsang Kin-Wah 6 + 1 Days (1st half cycle) + Le Gai Savoir Screening & Artist’s Talk Date: 23...Read more