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Rexy Tseng

Rexy Tseng (1986) is a visual artist who works primarily in painting and installation. His art practice derives from the dark humor and unrequited desires found within contemporary living conditions. He often plays on the intimate relationships of subjects. This could be the relations of brothers, lovers, neighbors, enemies, or friends. Tseng uses pairing to fundamentally question love, lust, empathy, animosity, acceptance, reconciliation, grief, and other nuanced emotions.

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan until the age of thirteen, Rexy Tseng relocated to the United States to further his education. He attended middle and high schools in a predominantly white neighborhood in suburban New York. From 2005 to 2009, Tseng enrolled as a fine arts student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During college, he received multimedia and critical training in contemporary art, directed a student-run gallery, and learned the fundamentals of computing. Tseng graduated with honors, a BFA in art and a minor in robotics.

Post-college, Tseng moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, interning at technology companies while freelancing as a web developer. In 2010 Tseng received graduate scholarships from UCLA, so he relocated to Los Angeles to attend its MFA program in Design Media Arts, but eventually left to work full-time. From 2011 to 2012, Tseng worked for GOOD in L.A., initially as an intern and later as a junior software engineer. From 2013 to 2017, he was employed as an engineer at Mashable in New York City. Both GOOD and Mashable were media companies.

In Fall 2017, Tseng left the workspace for the University of Oxford in England, where he enrolled as a MFA student at the Ruskin School of Art. He dropped out of the program after only one month to practice as a professional artist. Using the tuition refund and a government grant, he participated in artist residencies in Turin, Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, Chongqing, and Tokyo throughout 2018.

Rexy Tseng extends his creative practice internationally, having had multiple exhibitions in China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, and the U.S.. He has received awards and recognition from the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Tomorrow Sculpture Awards, National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan, Taipei City Government, Taipei Free Art Fair, and others. Tseng has participated in artist residencies around the world, including Cite internationale des arts, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Organhaus, and more. He has been published and interviewed by TEDxTaoyuan, the Crossing, and Cheers.

曾慶強,英文名 Rexy Tseng,視覺藝術家。他的創作理念衍生於現代城市生活中各式黑色幽默與不滿足的慾望。過去的作品經常以緊密關係為主題,包括兄弟、戀人、鄰居、敵人、與朋友。他認為雙方的關係可以用來探討愛情、情慾、同理、敵意、接納、和解、悲傷、和其他更微妙的情感。

1986 年出生於台北市,十三歲時至美國留學,於紐約州市郊白人居多數的區域上國高中。2005 至 2009 年間在賓州匹茲堡的卡内基梅隆大學就讀藝術。大學時接受多媒材與當代藝術理論訓練、管理學生藝廊、並接觸到計算工程基礎。最後畢業於藝術榮譽學士以及機器人副學位。

大學後來到舊金山灣區,在科技公司實習並接網站開發案。2010 年獲得獎學金進入加州大學洛杉磯分校 (UCLA) 攻讀多媒體設計研究所,但在最後休學全心投入職場。2011 年至 2012 年間於洛杉磯 GOOD 先任職實習生後來成為初級軟體工程師,之後在 2013 年至 2017 年間擔任位於紐約市的 Mashable 的工程師,兩者皆為美國媒體公司。

2017 年秋,慶強離開職場進入英國牛津大學,就讀拉斯金美術學校藝術碩士班,但入學一個月後,他毅然決定輟學成為職業藝術家。靠著學費退款與政府補助,於 2018一年間參與了都靈、上海、北京、巴黎、重慶、東京的藝術駐留項目。

曾慶強的藝文創作跨越國界,曾於美國、德國、俄羅斯、匈牙利、義大利、芬蘭、冰島、中國、台灣、日本參展,並獲得美國匹茲堡科技議會、明天雕塑獎、國藝會、台北市政府文化局、台北藝術自由日等眾多機構認可表揚。他參與過世界各地的藝術駐留項目,包括巴黎 Cite internationale des arts、 東京 3331 Arts Chiyoda、重慶器空間等。他的文章與訪問曾刊登於 TEDxTaoyuan、《換日線》、《Cheers》。

曾庆强,英文名 Rexy Tseng,视觉艺术家。他的创作理念衍生于现代城市生活中各式黑色幽默与不满足的慾望。过去的作品经常以紧密关系为主题,包括兄弟、恋人、邻居、敌人、与朋友。他认为双方的关係可以用来探讨爱情、情慾、同理、敌意、接纳、和解、悲伤、和其他更微妙的情感。

1986 年出生于台北市,十三岁时至美国留学,于纽约州市郊白人居多数的区域上国高中。2005 至 2009 年间在宾州匹兹堡的卡内基梅隆大学就读艺术。大学时接受多媒材与当代艺术理论训练、管理学生艺廊、并接触到计算工程基础。最后毕业于艺术荣誉学士以及机器人副学位。

大学后来到旧金山湾区,在科技公司实习并接网站开发案。2010 年获得奖学金进入加州大学洛杉矶分校 (UCLA) 攻读多媒体设计研究所,但在最后休学全心投入职场。2011 年至 2012 年间于洛杉矶 GOOD 先任职实习生后来成为初级软体工程师,之后在 2013 年至 2017 年间担任位于纽约市的 Mashable 的工程师,两者皆为美国媒体公司。

2017 年秋,庆强离开职场进入英国牛津大学,就读拉斯金美术学校艺术硕士班,但入学一个月后,他毅然决定辍学成为职业艺术家。靠着学费退款与政府补助,于 2018一年间参与了都灵、上海、北京、巴黎、重庆、东京的艺术驻留项目。

曾庆强的艺文创作跨越国界,曾于美国、德国、俄罗斯、匈牙利、义大利、芬兰、冰岛、中国、中国台湾、日本参展,并获得美国匹兹堡科技议会、明天雕塑奖、国艺会、台北市政府文化局、台北艺术自由日等众多机构认可表扬。他参与过世界各地的艺术驻留项目,包括巴黎 Cite internationale des arts、 东京 3331 Arts Chiyoda、重庆器空间等。他的文章与访问曾刊登于 TEDxTaoyuan、《换日线》、《Cheers》。

EDUCATION

  • 2017 | University of Oxford | MFA (attended)
  • 2012 | University of California, Los Angeles | MFA (attended)
  • 2009 | Carnegie Mellon University | BFA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020 | Passion and Ambiguity | Untitled Space | Shanghai, China
  • 2019 | Against Composition | Art-Center Pushkinskaya-10 | Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2019 | Ren Ren | Opposite + Grace Collection Gallery | Shanghai, China
  • 2018 | Qing Qing Qing | Hong's Foundation | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2018 | Qing Qing | Organhaus | Chongqing, China
  • 2018 | Object.new | Yiri Arts | Taichung, Taiwan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020 | Transpositions-3 | Museum of Nonconformist Art | Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2019 | Dystopia | Yuan Contemporary Art Museum | Chongqing, China
  • 2019 | Tomorrow Sculpture Awards | Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute | Chongqing, China
  • 2018 | Shenzhen International Art Fair | Shenzhen CEC | Shenzhen, China
  • 2018 | Rexy Tseng + Charlotte Clermont | Fusion Art Gallery | Turin, Italy
  • 2017 | Kanna Fall Art Festival | Fujioka, Gunma, Japan
  • 2017 | I Was Meant to Love You | SÍM Gallery | Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 2016 | Taipei Free Art Fair | Huashan 1914 Creative Park | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2016 | Begehungen No. 13 | Chemnitz, Germany
  • 2015 | On Site Artfest | URS21 | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2014 | Art Orienting | Arteles Creative Center | Haukijärvi, Finland
  • 2013 | Library Thoughts 3 | Barabás Villa Galéria | Budapest, Hungary
  • 2013 | Athens Slingshot 1 | Athens, GA, USA
  • 2011 | One, Two, One, Two | New Wight Gallery | UCLA | Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2011 | Begehungen No. 8 | Chemnitz, Germany
  • 2009 | 2nd Annual Art + Tech Exhibition | Pittsburgh Technology Council | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2009 | BFA Exhibition: From the Vault | Regina Miller Gallery | CMU | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2008 | Pittsburgh Biennial/Robot 250 | Pittsburgh Filmmakers | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2008 | Transit | Regina Miller Gallery | CMU | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2007 | Uncanny Valley Rally | The Brew House | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2007 | Caught Looking | PNC Park | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2004 | Between Two Worlds | Ellis Island, NY, USA

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2019 | Nomination | iArt Project | Chongqing, China
  • 2019 | Nomination | Tomorrow Sculpture Awards | Chongqing, China
  • 2019 | Art Grant | Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2018 | Art Grant | National Culture and Arts Foundation | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2017 | Art Grant | Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2016 | Silver Prize | Taipei Free Art Fair | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2016 | 2nd Place | On Site Artfest | Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011 | Edna and Yu-Shan Scholarship | UCLA | Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2010 | University Fellowship | UCLA | Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2009 | The BurghBot Project | Pittsburgh Technology Council | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • 2006 | Robert J. Fingland Freshman Award | CMU | Pittsburgh, PA, USA

SELECTED RESIDENCIES

  • 2020 | Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art | North Adams, MA, USA
  • 2020 | Untitled Space | Shanghai, China
  • 2020 | Tokyo Arts and Space | Tokyo, Japan
  • 2019 | SomoS | Berlin, Germany
  • 2019 | Art-Center Pushkinskaya-10 | Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2018 | 3331 Arts Chiyoda | Tokyo, Japan
  • 2018 | Organhaus | Chongqing, China
  • 2018 | Cité internationale des arts | Paris, France
  • 2018 | Red Gate Gallery | Beijing, China
  • 2018 | Fusion Art Gallery | Turin, Italy
  • 2017 | Shiro Oni Studio | Fujioka, Gunma, Japan
  • 2017 | SÍM Residency | Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 2016 | 435 Art Studio | New Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2014 | Arteles Creative Center | Haukijärvi, Finland
  • 2013 | Hungarian Multicultural Center | Budapest, Hungary