Vincent J.F. Huang received his MFA from Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2000 and worked in the department of visual communications in ShuTe University of Taiwan, as a senior art lecturer, from 2001 to 2006. Huang has been selected as the artist-in-residence by the AIR Program of Pier2 Art District at Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai (China), Artspace in Sydney (Australia) and the Arctic Circle Project. He was also the visiting scholar in Zhu Qizhan Art Museum of Shanghai in 2007.

Since 2010, Huang began working with Tuvalu, a small South Pacific island that is facing the risk of becoming uninhabitable due to sea level rise. He represented Tuvalu as an official delegate to participate in the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) COP 18 in Doha, Qatar and COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In the following year, Huang represented Tuvalu at the 55th Venice Biennale and took part in The Arctic Circle led by The Farm Foundation for the Arts & Sciences (FFAS). His international engagement through artistic expression eventually earned him domestic recognition as he received the 7th Presidential Cultural Award in 2013, the most prestigious cultural award in Taiwan.

Huang currently works and lives between Venice and Taipei and devotes much of his artistic efforts into environmental issues relevant to people’s everyday lives. He applies the idea of “Social Sculpture” (by German artist Joseph Beuys) through his dedication to bringing issues into an art campaign involving the public’s participation while aiming to raise attention to climate change. He is skillful in combining mobile and interactive installation with black humor to elicit human introspection in today’s unsustainable plunder economy. The depiction of “endangered animals” in his works to represent the fragility of small islands, as any living creature on the earth, is Huang’s endeavor to use art in hopes of finding a “promised land” before Tuvalu eventually becomes uninhabitable one day.

Huang’s exhibitions have extended to many parts of the world: UK, USA, Germany, Italy, China, Australia, the Middle East, South America, Tuvalu and Taiwan.

VINCENT J.F. HAUNG

2007~  General Secretary, Contemporary Art Club, CEIBS,  Shanghai, PRC
2005    Curator, Art Space, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
2001    Senior Art Lecturer, Dept. of Visual Communication, ShuTe University,Taiwan
2000    MFA, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, U.K.
1998    Commercial Art Degree, National Taichung Institute of Technology, Taiwan
1971    Born in Taiwan

Prizes, Awards and Residencies

2013      Selected to participate The Arctic Circle
2011      Resident of the AIR Programme, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
2005      Resident of the AIR Programme, Duolun MoMA, Shanghai, China
2003      Resident of the  AIR Programme, Pier-2 Art District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2001      Laureate of New Talent Award, Art Taipei 2001, Taiwan

Solo Exhibitions & Projects

2014 Tuvalu Pavilion@Taipei MoCA
2013  Animal Delegates, UNFCCC COP19, Warsaw, Poland
2012 Animal Delegates, UNFCCC COP18, Doha, Qatar
2012 Destination of Capitalism, North Cape Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 Floating polarbear, Tuvalu
2011 Modern Atlantis, Artspace, Sydney
2010 Habeas Corpus (performance), The Vaad Gallery, London, UK
2010 Tuvalutis (Performance), Tuvalu Islands, South Pacific
2010 The Short Straw, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
2010 Silence and the City, Eight Bank, London, UK
2010 Silence, The Multiple Store / Westbrook Gallery, London, UK
2009 The Last Penguins, Lim Museum, Taipei
2008 The Last Penguins, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
2008 The Last Penguins, Wilson Art Centre, Shanghai, China
2007 An Inconvenient Melting, CEIBS, Shanghai, China
2007 Melting Penguin, Creek Art Centre, Shanghai, China
2005 The Day After Tomorrow, Duolun MoMA, Shanghai, China
2005 Brave New World, Art Space, Academia Sinica,, Taipei, Taiwan
2003 Balefire Project (Performance), roof of Love River Hotel, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2003 Balefire –Dedicated to SARS Virus, ArtSpace, Academia Sinica, Taipei
2002 Flying Lantern Project, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
2001 The IT, The Cultural Gallery of National Concert Hall, Taipei
2000 Mind the GAP, MA Show, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, UK
2000 Decomposed City, Edinburgh, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects
2014 JIE-The Contemporary Art from Taiwan, Cornell University, NY, USA
2013  The Arctic Circle, Norway
2012 Example to Follows! Iberlia Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
2011 Art Bin, South London Gallery, UK
2010 Beyond Vision, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
2010 Animamix Biennial, GuangDong Museum of Art, China
2009 Enliven – In Between Realities and Fiction, Animamix 
Biennial, Today Art Museum,  Beijing, China
2009 Boondocks, International Art project, Hannover, Germany
2008 The Last Penguins, Art Expo Malaysia
2008 The Last Penguins, Shanghai Art Fair
2008 The Last Penguins, Art Taipei
2006 Double-click, Tang Art Centre, Beijing, China
2005 e-Generation, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2005 2 Europes, 2 Asias, Duolun MoMA, Shanghai, China
2005 All Quiet on the Western Front, 20th Art District, Taipei
2004 Taiwan Avant-garde Documenta 2, HauShan Art District, Taiwan
2003 Residency Artists Group Exhibition, the Pier-2 Art District, Taiwan
2003 Oil and Water, the Pier-2 Art District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2003 Searching for the Track of Future, Academia SINICA, Taipei
2002 Pure, Sinpin Pier Art Space, Taiwan
2000 Pause, Lemon Tree Gallery, Aberdeen, UK
2000 Group Exhibition by Aberdeen Artists, Bridgeview Gallery, Aberdeen, UK
2000 Scottish Art Colleges Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
2000 The Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, U.K.
1999 The Christmas Tree Project, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, UK
1999 Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

Collections

Public Collections:
Duolun MoMA, Shanghai, China
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
The Art Space, Academia SINICA, Taipei, Taiwan
The Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan

Corporate / Private Collections: Asia, Europe, Middle East