(b. 1992, Singapore)
Loi Cai Xiang is a visual artist with a Diploma in Fine Art and Western Painting (Distinction) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Working primarily in oil and influenced by the aesthetics of the Old Masters, Loi’s works feature rich shadows and moody lighting suggestive of unprobed depths beyond the surface of the painted canvas. He seeks inspiration from personal experiences, intimate places, nostalgic memories, and seemingly familiar sceneries. While his paintings capture everyday moments, Loi composes them in a way where you feel that somebody is present. With his signature surrealist style, Cai Xiang’s work delves into the themes of existentialism, identity, and expressions of the unconscious mind.
His otherworldly animations of human figures amidst the darkness of the cosmos similarly radiate existential themes, moving one to ponder the relationship between the earthly and transcendent, the individual amidst the largeness of the universe. Yet one particular work containing two figures that meet and intersect serves as a poignant reminder that human emotions and connections are eternally the foundations of our world, surpassing boundaries in space and time.