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Candy Bird

Graduated from the Fu-Hsin Trade and Arts School

- Candy Bird

As one passes by a dilapidated building marked for demolition, behind each door lies a story. More often than not if in Taipei, on these cold concrete façades is a stunning visual satire by premiere Taiwanese street artist Candy Bird.

Candy Bird, as a renowned street artist from Taiwan, has been creating mural artworks from the street space in the north of Taiwan to the ruins of the southern part of Taiwan, including the space in the Art Village of Taitung Railway, located in East Taiwan; those pieces are signed by Candy Bird. With his name harkening back to one of the NBA's basketball legends, Candy Bird has taken to the streets wielding brushes and paint cans seeking desolate structures of human abandonment since couple years ago. Candy's art is completed principally through the amalgamation of natural surroundings and his artistic ideology. His works of art convey an active-spirited and socially-protected conscientiousness by way of his originally-inspired mural artistic expression in Taiwan. In addition, his mural works also propagate his humanity and ideas against every injustice in society in Japan, Germany, Brazil, Myanmar, and other countries overseas.

Candy develops his art from the medium of canvas into street space; an open space creation denotes the transformation of his art through the indicative technical operation to the further-signifying metaphor. Candy's works are rarely titled; the context of his artwork essentially overweighs the name of the pieces. His distinctive characters weave tales of the atrocities in society, lines providing form, meaning, and a voice for the vulnerable. The large-skulled figures he uses in his artistic creations are widely-known to the public. That main figure in his works is called the humming person, the carrot-headed, the kangaroo man, or the sweet potato person, due to its appearance. On that point, the figures he creates in his art are the same; in other words, they refer to the artist himself, and to every person as well. The metaphorical expression of the carved brain of the figure implies a container for thoughts. The financial support he recently received from the Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, and the National Culture and Arts Foundation and The Government of Taiwan both bolster his creation of mural arts in Myanmar and Brazil; all of his works speak to every injustice in reality, the monopoly of mass media, the exploit of the interests, and his comments on politics. Taking cues from prominent local issues, he incorporates various messages into his unique urban murals environmental concerns and human rights violations of land and labor rights. Consequently, Candy's art reveals his own philosophy of humanity for the public at the bottom of the social hierarchy, including his care for minorities, either in the so-called uncivilized or developing countries.

Take one of Candy Bird's works – the Corridor – as an example (see figure on the left). He creates five different portraits of himself to reflect distinct egos within a mirror, by which he criticizes the independent individual existence in different periods of time and space. Candy's art generates a state of co-existence between the viewer and the artist. The feature of his art is created by the silent but strong concern for the society; the symbolic meaning of his works is produced through the rare values people despise in reality.

Candy Bird's art is for the sake of art, and also for the sake of society. He has collaborated with global NGOs such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International and released his first book "Wet Paint Drying" at the end of 2012. Candy's previous mural works on street are for the "right" person he selected. His meaningful compositions of art spark audience engagement and can be seen revitalizing life in cities worldwide; right now, he creates manifold works on various media for experimental representation, to reach more individuals in hierarchical system, to make more spaces become "right" places, and also to help his ideas permeate the entire environment, as an artist and as a spokesperson for social justice.

2009   Resident Artist, Taitung Railway Art Village, Taitung, Taiwan

1982   born in Taipei, Taiwan.

Currently live and work in Taipei, Taiwan

Graffiti and Murals Art expertise (Rolling Bird) (opposed to force relocation) Art Biennial 2013/10.5 - 2014/1.5) (Recent Works by Candy Bird, Fall 2012) (Personal website) (ALL rights Reserved)

Solo Exhibitions

2012   [Graffiti Move」, Ecole Café, Taipei, Taiwan

Joint/Group Exhibitions

2014.1   [The Age of Beauty], LIPEN Art Galerie, Taipei, Taiwan

2013   [2013 Art Taipei], Taipei, Taiwan

2013   [I Want More], Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei, Taiwan.

2013   LIPEN Anhe PART II Opening Group Exhibition

2013   [YOUNG ART TAIPEI 2013], Sheraton Taipei Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

2012   [The other shore of Island], Floor 8 Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2012   [Design Festa], Tokyo, Japan

2010   [Forum Biennial of Taiwanese Contemporary Art] ─ Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC), Taipei, Taiwan

2013   Mural Art activity, [Taipei Taiwan 2013 Pangeaseed Sea wall Murals For Oceans], Yuan-shan, Taipei, Taiwan

2013   Invited to do Graffiti artwork on corrugated carton boxes, Mega Port Festival DJ stage [Graffiti Maze], Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2012   Designed posters and Graffiti artwork on corrugated carton boxes, [Urban Nomad Film Fest], Graphic Design, Taipei, Taiwan

2012   Cooperative artist for The GREENPEACE – "The Esperanza" visiting Taiwan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2013   awarded the 9th "Wanderer Project": Journey to Myanmar (formerly Burma), sponsored by the Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

2013   awarded the 1st Project of Artistic Journey – Graffiti in Brazil, supported by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.

Candy Bird. Wet Paint Drying . Taipei: ACRO-POLIS, 2012.

Candy Bird, et al. Citizens' Spokespersons. Taipei: ACRO-POLIS, 2012.