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Taiwanese Artist Hung Yi’s Carnival of the Animals

Taiwanese artist Hung Yi's enameled steel sculpture entitled 'Mandarin Ducks.'  (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)
Taiwanese artist Hung Yi's enameled steel sculpture entitled 'Mandarin Ducks.' (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

An exhibition of Hung Yi’s Carnival of the Animals is being held at the former National Taiwan Science Education Center at the Nanhai Education Park in Taipei City from November 26, 2016 to March 5, 2017. It is sponsored by the Taipei Branch of National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute.

Taiwanese artist Hung Yi's enameled steel sculpture "Goat Elegant" (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s enameled steel sculpture entitled ‘Goat Elegant.’ (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

Hung Yi is a popular Taiwanese contemporary artist whose creations are inspired by Taiwanese culture and everyday life. He transforms his subjects into modern art by means of artistically designed abstract compositions. By blending local social language and symbols, his artwork successfully transcends the boundaries of time by giving his forms traditional, modern, and contemporary characteristics.

Taiwanese artist Hung Yi's enameled steel sculpture "Swan's Love" (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s enameled steel sculpture entitled ‘Swan’s Love.’ (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

The artwork on display includes enameled sculptures made from steel, titanium, and ceramics. Through the diversity of his displayed works, the exhibit aims to help the public understand and appreciate the beauty of Hung Yi’s art.

Taiwanese artist Hung Yi's enameled steel sculpture "Panda Family" (Image: Billy Shyu/ Vision Times)

Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s enameled steel sculpture entitled ‘Panda Family.’ (Image: Billy Shyu/Vision Times)

The figures of animals — such as a wild boar, goat, ox, fowl, monkey, and horse — are familiar, but Hung Yi has transformed their appearance. His colorful sculptures not only capture the features of the animals, but also their three-dimensional beauty. His sculptures exhibit realistic expressions and cultural symbols.

The former building of the National Taiwan Science Education Center situated at the Nanhai Education Park in Taipei City (Image: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute)

The former National Taiwan Science Education Center situated in the Nanhai Education Park in Taipei City. (Image: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute)

Born in Taichung in central Taiwan, Hung Yi’s early works combined cartoons and sketches based on his keen observations. Later, he created line art in a single color and large colorful graphic images to depict the active lifestyle of the people in his hometown.

In 2000, he began working on public art (sculptures), with the theme of exaggerated humans or animals. He has since applied a somewhat simpler method of expression to create lovely works demonstrating Taiwanese culture and everyday life with bright colors.

In addition to various locations in Taiwan, such as airports, concert halls, elementary schools, and universities, his works have been exhibited in many other countries, including the United States, Japan, Italy, South Korea, China, and Hong Kong.

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