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International Artist Feature: Taiwan

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For this article in the international artist series, we turn to Taiwan, featuring six artists who create fantastic work, from beautiful illustrations to animations and more! I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered fantastic answers. Enjoy!

Croter Hung

Croter is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. His work features gorgeous illustrations combining his love of surrealism, myths, and ironic humor. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

There Are No Facts, Only Interpretations - Part 1

Taiwan is a nation in Eastern Asia, located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Our country is abundant in natural resources and various terrains. Taiwan has been colonized several times in the last century, therefore you can see both complexity and contradiction in the Taiwanese culture. Such mixing of styles presents itself in the social customs and the presentation of art. This is also the reason why I’m so deeply in love with Taiwan, but of course I won’t forget to mention the delicious food too!
There Are No Facts Only Interpretations Part 1 by Croter Hung
There Are No Facts, Only Interpretations - Part 1

There Are No Facts, Only Interpretations - Part 2

Since our culture integrates so many different kinds of elements, we’re incredibly receptive of both the Western and Japanese cultures. We read Japanese comic books and listen to Western rock music. My illustrations are like miniatures of Taiwanese culture because they make you feel a little distant from the real world of Taiwanese life.
If there are any chances that I can create illustrations related to Taiwan, I’m willing to spend more time on them, and hopefully I can present more of these characteristics of Taiwan.
There Are No Facts Only Interpretations Part 2 by Croter Hung
There Are No Facts, Only Interpretations - Part 2

Goodthing Restaurant

Goodthing Restaurant by Croter Hung
Goodthing Restaurant

Catank Mini Picture Book

Facebook is the most popular social platform in Taiwan, therefore many Taiwanese illustrators share their work with each other on Facebook. Other than Facebook, we use many major art community sites. There is also a magazine dedicated to illustration called “DPI” where we usually acquire new information and exchange thoughts.
Catank Mini Picture Book by Croter Hung
Catank Mini Picture Book

Miss Cyndi

Cyndi is an illustrator based in Taipei, Taiwan. Her work features stunning illustrations with sublime color palettes and interesting themes. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more in her portfolio.

Sophisticated Lady

In Taiwan, everywhere you look there is always a cute coffee shop around the corner. Everyone can find their own favorite spot or hidden gem. They are unique in their own way and I often get inspiration for my creations from a variety of cafes.

Since the public transportation is so easy and convenient, you can literally get anywhere and explore every cafe scattered around this island. I love living in Taiwan.
Sophisticated Lady by Miss Cyndi
Sophisticated Lady

Portrait

We live in a crowded island, so people are close to each other and it's common for neighbors or classmates to become friends for life.

They say the most beautiful thing about Taiwan is its citizens, and that rings true for me. The elements of love, emotion, and life are what you can often sense in my illustrations and they are the projection of the culture in Taiwan.
Portrait by Miss Cyndi
Portrait

Enjoy Everyday

Enjoy Everyday by Miss Cyndi
Enjoy Everyday

Obsessed

As an artist in Taiwan, you will never feel alone, for it's easy to work or share ideas with like-minded people. I have made some friends who are talented artists who made my life as an illustrator more fulfilling and fun.
Obsessed by Miss Cyndi
Obsessed

Te-Yu Liu

Te-Yu is a graphic designer and 3D artist based in Taipei, Taiwan. His work features amazing 3D illustrations with clever compositions. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

Future Sushi Chef

Taiwan is a beautiful country with a comfortable climate and rich crops. People living in Taiwan can enjoy various tropical fruit and fresh seafood with inexpensive prices all year round! Above all, we've got the perfect transportation system, and people who suck at driving like me can go to any place very easily!
Future Sushi Chef by Te-Yu Liu
Future Sushi Chef

Unitedway - Wheelchair

Taiwan is a country with a complicated past. A century ago, the Taiwanese used to speak Japanese and now have Mandarin as the standard language. For some reason, people in my generation are concealed from our own history. Therefore we cherish our own culture more than ever. These feelings can also be seen in our work.
 
We are now in a period of change, through contemporary media and technology, a variety of traditional arts and culture are reborn in new forms. To be a part of it is my greatest honor.
Unitedway - Wheelchair by Te-Yu Liu
Unitedway - Wheelchair

Glove Puppet Master

Glove Puppet Master by Te-Yu Liu
Glove Puppet Master

Flying Corgi

As a lively and friendly country, there are various communities and organizations in Taiwan. People of different fields or Facebook groups are always very willing to provide advice. And when I have a problem, there's always someone who is willing to lend a helping hand.
Flying Corgi by Te-Yu Liu
Flying Corgi

Yashin

Yashin is an illustrator and designer based in Taipei, Taiwan. Her work features complex illustrations created with a variety of mediums and intricate details. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more in her portfolio.

Sides

In Taiwan, you can discover multiple cultures in every day life, all combined together and transformed into a weird hybrid culture. This is the most interesting part of living in Taiwan I think. Also, the local food is a huge love of mine.
Sides by Yashin
Sides

Whiskey Pop Up Book

Recently, I started learning about woodcut and mezzo tints as a new way to create prints, due to my interest in the fascinating textures and strokes of this process. It's also a good way for me to practice using traditional materials.
Whiskey Pop Up Book by Yashin
Whiskey Pop Up Book

The Lonely Whale

The Lonely Whale by Yashin
The Lonely Whale

The Lonely Whale

Some friends and I founded a gallery in Taipei named Liau Liau Art Space. Our members include curators, designers, animators, and contemporary artists. We are trying to combine all of our knowledge from different fields to explore a new way of collaboration and communication between art, design, and exhibition.
The Lonely Whale by Yashin
The Lonely Whale

Heng-Jui Kuo

Heng-Jui is an illustrator based in Taipei, Taiwan. His work features vibrant illustrations inspired by fun pop culture themes. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

Standing On One Foot

Taiwan is a small country but very international. And by small I mean it's very convenient and you can easily experience a variety of different scenery. Most importantly, there are many kinds of food in Taiwan!
Standing On One Foot by Heng-Jui Kuo
Standing On One Foot

Music

In Taiwan's history, we've made contact with so many countries so we are always interested in different cultures. Japan, South Korea, the United States, and Europe are common elements seen on the street. Whether it's art, television, fashion, or food we love all cultures! Especially the food!
Music by Heng-Jui Kuo
Music

The Moon Lady

The Moon Lady by Heng-Jui Kuo
The Moon Lady

Tetris

Taipei was the world design capital in 2016. But in fact, we are still growing as a community. We continue to accept new things and ideas!
Tetris by Heng-Jui Kuo
Tetris

Chu-Chieh Lee

Chu-Chieh is a motion graphic designer based in Taipei, Taiwan. Her work features incredible animations full of life and energy. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more in her portfolio.

Future, Imagine That

I particularly love the varieties of natural beauty and the super kind people here. Taiwan is a small island, no doubt, but it has whatever you want. And you can easily reach whatever you need like different styles of food or life supplies. It’s really convenient. I think Taiwan is a really friendly, open-minded place with people from all over the world.
Future Imagine That by Chu-Chieh Lee
Future, Imagine That

Fine Jewellery

I was influenced not only by traditional Chinese art, but also by the vivid colors within daily life. They bring me a great combination of ideas sometimes. I love the spirit of traditional aesthetics and the energy that you can feel from the streets. Besides that, the folk images, traditional symbols, and vintage art are all very beautiful here. I really love it.
Chinese typography is an important element that I love to try put in my work too. The complexity of letters and the stories behind every distinct word are really appealing. I've been learning about Chinese calligraphy for many years ever since I was a child. I believe that it also influences me a lot in my life.

Yodex 2014 - Young Designer's Exhibition

Yodex 2014 - Young Designers Exhibition by Chu-Chieh Lee
Yodex 2014 - Young Designer's Exhibition

We Are Bito

The art community here is still growing but I think it is full of energy. Artists and designers are always trying to create something new and trying to do something good and helpful for our art community.

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links below:

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