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.
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.
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.
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.
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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