Jackie Tsai is a Chinese artist who lives in London. His inventive approach fuses traditional Eastern imagery and artistic techniques with references to Western Pop Art to create an original style that seeks to establish balance and harmony between cultural extremes.
Clearly influenced by the artist's move to London since China Born in her early 20s, Tsai's work straddles the two cultural extremes by harmoniously fusing social images associated with East and West to produce conceptually and aesthetically rich works.
Born in China in 1984, Tsai grew up in Shanghai and after completing his undergraduate degree at the Chinese Academy of Art, moved to London to study a master's degree in Illustration in Central St Martin's and graduated in 2008. His first solo exhibition in London It arrived in 2010, and it turned out to be a success that opened the doors to sales. Hong Kong, New York, Singapore y London.
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Through the years, Tsai dedicated herself to working in many fields, conceiving works of art that are manifested through a variety of media including painting, sculpture, installation, screen printing and monochrome print.
The desire to transform the attitudes of fear and superstition related to death and decay, which are prevalent in Chinese culture, has led Tsai to consciously promote the beauty of the skull symbol.
One of his most striking works has been VErmilion Light, from 2013, as well as the iconic skull image made for the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 2008. which earned him wide attention from the press.
Tsai's fixation with perfection, along with keen graphic skills is exemplified in her work, most to the point in Stained Glass Skull, which is pioneering potentially challenging ideas of religious fusion. The skull, replete with pagan symbols, is set against the backdrop of a Christian church stained glass window, while giving the appearance of an illuminated Calavera or Mexican "Sugar Skull." The work is arguably her most daring achievement in her quest to merge cultural extremes.
In recent years, a large part of her work process has involved exploring ancient Chinese artistic techniques such as lacquer carving, painted porcelain, and 'Suxiu' silk embroidery; as a result, he has produced a number of applied works in these media.