Since graduating from Royal College of Art in 2006, Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa have worked collaboratively on large-scale projects and commissions. Tsai and Yoshikawa met in the Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2000. After gaining BA degrees in 2004, they continued their studies at the RCA, graduating with Masters of Art in Mixed-media textiles, and Sculpture respectively.
Tsai and Yoshikawa’s different creative histories richly combine in their joint practice to create an alchemy of colour and eccentric forms. Individually their practices draw many parallels; both artists are experts in bold use of colour, pattern, form and structure. The duo design and produce unique sculptures and art installations, which are futuristic, dynamic, and have intricate detail. Tsai & Yoshikawa create vibrant and fantastic light sculptures that are suspended from the ceiling. With exotic flora as a primary influence, these artists use neoprene foam, perspex and an in-built light source to create hybrid ‘Pop blooms’ which allude to the cosmological and the botanical in a truly inventive and fantastical way. As the sculptures are lit from within, the colours and textures of the material radiate with vitality, and cast a tangle of shadows that bring these works to life.
Tsai and Yoshikawa have worked together on several prestigious art commissions including an installation commissioned by Harvey Nichols department store in 2007. In 2008 they won two public art sculpture commissions. One of them, an iconic permanent sculpture at the heart of London’s Chinatown, was unveiled in 2009, and has been very well received. Their public artwork is often inspired by the local history and identity of the site.
Tsai and Yoshikawa are continually developing their art practice and have exciting plans to show in London with Scream and internationally.