Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui (Tsui Ho Yan / 徐浩恩) was born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay. He works in a variety of media to construct tense, fictive environments that subvert canonized art forms and narrative genres, often from the traditional Chinese literati class. Tsui synthesizes diverging socio-cultural anxieties around superstition, trauma, acculturation, and otherness through a distinctly outsider lens to advocate for liminal and diasporic experiences.
He holds a BFA (2002) from the University of Waterloo and received the Joseph Stauffer Prize (2005) from the Canada Council for most outstanding young artist. His work is in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa Art Gallery, City of Ottawa, Global Affairs Canada and Centre d'exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul. Solo exhibitions: Vancouver Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), Montréal arts interculturels, Centre A (Vancouver), AceArtInc (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Gallery 101 (Ottawa). Group exhibitions: Para Site (Hong Kong), Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, National Gallery of Canada, Art Labor (Shanghai), West Vancouver Museum, Oakville Galleries, Ottawa Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Arena 1 Gallery (LA), Jaime Torres Bodet Cultural Center (Mexico City), MOHS (Copenhagen), Boston University School of Fine Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Much thanks to the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support of Retainers of Anarchy - a recent solo exhibit that premiered at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and traveling to OCAT Xi'an, Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
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