Bio: Vincent Chong (莊志明) is a Queer mixed-race Chinese-American artist and educator working in Chinese calligraphy, seal carving, painting, drawing, and performance. Vincent’s practice is a restorative act to recenter QTAPI folx in art and cultivate community centered creativity. They paint portraits of members of the QTAPI community and organize QTBIPOC centered workshops. Vincent is a student of calligrapher Wu Wen-Sheng (吳文勝). They have shown work at The Museum of Chinese in America, Site Brooklyn, and PAAM. In May 2021 Vincent will have their first solo show at Skånes Konstförening Gallery in Malmö, Sweden. Residencies include the WOW Project Storefront Residency and Book Artist Residency at The Center for Book Arts. Performances include MoMA PS1, Abrons Art Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Artist Statement: I am a Queer mixed-race Chinese-American community-based multidisciplinary artist, teacher, and part of the lineage of Taipei-based calligrapher Wu Wensheng. As a calligrapher and seal carver, I strive to share this artform with the next generation through a Queer lens. I center Queer people and experience in my calligraphy teaching, performance, and practice to address the historic erasure of Queer people from traditional Asian culture. In bridging generations through traditional calligraphy and seal-carving, I aim to give a new generation of young artists access to these artforms, which trace the lives and history of our ancestors. Seal carving is a form of relief printing, where small soft stones are engraved with ancient Chinese text to be used as signatures. In addition, I have spent the past three years in New York City working at Harlan & Weaver etching shop as an assistant to Felix Harlan.