Artist
Chang Nai-Wen
張乃文
Date of birth
1966
Place Of birth
Tainan, Taiwan, Asia
Biography
Chang Nai-Wen was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1966. He graduated from the National Institute of the Arts (now Taipei National University of the Arts) in 1994, and later obtained an MFA from the Institute of Plastic Arts from the Tainan National College of the Arts in 2003. Since 2016 he has held the title of Associate Professor in the School of Fine Arts at Taipei National University of the Arts. From Chang Nai-Wen’s early abstract forms, his work has evolved into a system of representational imagery, incorporating traditional religious images to elaborate his unique artistic language. Chang’s exuberant creative desire is palpable to viewers, as is the way the form and content of his sculpture is gradually constructed during the artist’s practice. In the words of Gong Jow Jiun, associate professor in the Graduate Institute of Art Creation and Theory of Tainan National University of Arts, “Chang Nai-Wen’s sculpture touches upon a certain unusual internal explosiveness and mixture… speaking of a multi-directional pun in the style of Wuhe that no one understands. A sort of restrained howl, and malarial swings between fever and cold sweats. His refined handcrafted construction can suddenly take off, diverging into the nonsensical realm of anti-sculpture: going from cold self-deprecating cynicism to turning on a dime and citing history, yet in deliberately comical fashion. And finally, never forgetting to set traps for himself, viewing history’s image as fragmented and vacuous.” Chang Nai-Wen takes a Dadaist posture: carefully deliberating and questioning the classic canon and authority of faith - taking on the world anew in the process of subversion and deconstruction.

Recent projects include ‘Seven People from the North Coast - Sculpture Exhibition of Young Artists’ Hushui Yifang Art Space, New Taipei City (curator); ‘Asian Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition’, Gimhae Art Museum, Busan, Korea; ‘2014 Biennial School of Improvisation’, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2014), ‘Big Scene’, Absolute Space, Tainan; ‘What is the degree? FORMOSA Sculpture Biennale’, Kaohsiung Pier-2 Art Zone (2015), ‘The Dark Matters’, White Rabbit Gallery Sydney; ‘Tainan New Art Award + 30 Years of Tainan Contemporary Art’, Jiali Gallery (2017), The 8th International Sculpture Art Festival, Seoul Arts Centre, South Korea; K.C.P.F. Kaohsiung Modern Percussion Festival ‘Double Image of Percussion and Steel Sculpture’, Kaohsiung Cultural Centre (2018); ‘Translation TRANS/FORMING — Black Gold Section Art Festival’, Chiayi Railway Art Village and ‘Sculpture 5.7.5 HAIKU—Sculpture 2019’ OKINAWA International, Japan (2019). Chang Nai-Wen currently lives and works in Taipei.

Works by this artist