Tseng Chien-Ying: Necrophilia, 2021 Ink me colour on paper 63 x 76.5 cm

TSENG CHIEN-YING 曾建穎 (b. 1987)

About the Artist

Tseng Chien-Ying 曾建穎 (b. 1987 Nantou, Taiwan) received his MFA from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2013. Tseng was the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council grant in 2017 and was selected to exhibit in Art Taipei’s MIT Section in 2015 where 8 Young artists are chosen by the Ministry of Culture at every fair.

Tseng’s artistic practice is founded on traditional north Asian techniques, particularly ink painting but not limited to traditional Chinese ink.

He explores the use of traditional materials like pigment on Xuan Rice paper or painting languages like Japanese-inspired historical figurative art, interpreted in his own contemporary style.

He combines the seemingly exquisite and delicate scenes in his paintings with elements of cruelty, absurdity, and void to highlight the hidden violence in society suffered by individuals. The absurdity in the imagery of Tseng’s works opens a debate between about the significance of human existence at a time of sexism, racism and violence.

Tseng has had solo exhibitions all around Taiwan for the last 10 years and has joined group exhibitions in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing aside from key cities in Taiwan. His works are in the collections of the National Taiwan Museum in Taichung and National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.


Tseng Chien-Ying: Necrophilia, 2021 Ink me colour on paper 63 x 76.5 cm