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Richard Tsao:

Accidental Designer

Opens: Friday, April 5th • 6pm

Closes: April 23rd • 5pm

General Admission: $1 entry donation

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About Richard Tsao

Click here for a preview of the new Richard Tsao Design brochure, with an essay written by Kathy Calley Galitz, an art historian at the Metropolitan Museum.

Richard Tsao was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, and is of Chinese heritage. Since art school, Tsao dedicated himself to his painting and in time became recognized for the raw beauty of his signature process-based paintings of radiant monochrome tableaux. After slowly becoming established as an artist, he launched a parallel career in the late 1990s as a designer of women’s apparel, creating jewel-toned jackets inspired by the rich palette of hand woven Thai silk.

The power of intense, vibrant and nuanced color is at the heart of Tsao’s talent as both an artist and a designer. What distinguishes his passion for working with color is his unique ability to unleash its force. His paintings, to which he gave names resonant of earth, water, and mountains, look and feel like crusts of nature that have been saturated in the rich hues of colored sediments over eons.

And indeed, they were created through a process directed by the artist that mimics nature’s passage and its encounters with the unexpected along the way. In Tsao’s custom designed Flood Room or painting studio he created a space that combined the elements of water, movement and heat.

His canvases took years to develop as streams of paint and marble dust flow, swirl, sit, build, ebb, accrete and corrode on them in a slow fusion of primordial formation. Tsao has exhibited in NYC and internationally and has been reviewed in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Art in America and many other publications.

Tsao’s fashion designs are inspired by the beauty of hand-woven, iridescent Thai silk and he employs their magnificent colors in his creations to illuminate the wearer. His classic timeless designs, are infused with elements of traditional Southeast Asian mixed with fun MOD elements.

His signature “cocoon” jackets are handcrafted from 7 yards of handwoven silk and shirred into smart, sleek, jacket sheaths that mold the shape of the body. Because of Tsao’s love and fascination for the handmade since childhood, his designs are exquisitely crafted in Thailand, with special attention to details.

In NYC, Tsao art work can be viewed at Art Project International Gallery. His designs are at Shops at Asia Society, MoMA, Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Opera and many other art institutions in America. Tsao can also be contacted at richardtsao888@gmail.com.

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