INTERVIEW: YUANHAO TANG

INTERVIEW: YUANHAO TANG

Interviews | November 10, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Yuanhao Tang

Luca Curci talks with Yuanhao Tang during ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 8th EDITION, held in Rome, at Medina Art Gallery.

Yuanhao Tang is a dedicated illustrator who primarily caters to the young adult and adult illustration market. His distinctive style is characterized by bold line work and flat colors, which add a particular flair to his creations. Yuanhao draws inspiration from the vibrant personalities and intriguing events he encounters in his surroundings, infusing his work with a unique perspective and conceptual depth that often lends a mysterious allure.

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Image courtesy of Yuanhao Tang

Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Yuanhao Tang – Since high school, I’ve had a strong interest in drawing and painting, which served as an escape from reality and the monotony of school. When I was painting or drawing on board or canvas, I was a completely different person. After enrolling in graduate school, I began to develop an interest in illustration. I discovered that I enjoy disseminating positive energy through photographs and drawing inspiration from my surroundings. I hope my work can transmit the energy of pleasure. And I am also doing my part as an artist to improve this world; despite giving away positive information, I like to pop some bubbles sometimes.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
YT – These days, I primarily work in the digital realm. My typical routine involves settling in front of my laptop and tablet prior to diving into my tasks. I refrain from overthinking as I progress with my work, as I tend to visualize the image I want to create in my mind before actually putting pen to digital canvas. To create an ideal work atmosphere, I usually don my headset and let some music play softly in the background. This allows me to maintain a state of relaxation and focus, enabling me to work continuously for around 5 to 9 hours on most occasions.

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Image courtesy of Yuanhao Tang

LC – Is there an unrealized or unrealizable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
YT – I constantly have some crazy ideas in my mind. Once I have the leisure, I’ll create a book illustration for my family’s history, possibly incorporating elements of mystery and folklore. I won’t lie; I consider it a few times while working on my task for another book illustration. My family history has been relayed to me by ancestors on multiple occasions, and it was quite an epic adventure. As a result, I desire sufficient time to sit down and complete this task correctly, as it is extensive.

LC – How is your creative process?
YT – My work process is quite straightforward, mainly because my style leans towards simplicity, characterized by bold line work and flat colors. Interestingly, once I’ve completed the line work, I’m already 60% done with the piece. As I mentioned earlier, I conceptualize the idea in my mind and sketch out some initial thumbnails on my laptop, a task made more efficient thanks to digital tools. Once I’ve settled on a thumbnail that resonates with me, I dive into the meticulous process of creating the line work. During this phase, I take my time to ensure precision and quality. I make a deliberate effort to stow away my cell phone, don my headset, and immerse myself in the music. This focused approach allows me to truly savor the process of crafting the line work, which typically spans a duration of 3 to 4 hours. The results, I must say, are consistently impressive.

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Image courtesy of Yuanhao Tang

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
YT – In my artistic repertoire, you’ll often find recurring elements that hold a special place in my heart—namely, astronauts, flowing forms, and stars. I incorporate these elements because of my genuine affection for them, although I don’t adhere to a specific overarching theme in my work. As a contemporary illustrator, I relish the flexibility to explore diverse styles and themes, allowing me to avoid confining myself to a single niche, except when working on commissions or specific projects where a defined theme is necessary. If I were to pinpoint a general underlying theme in my work, it would be the pursuit of bringing happiness and joy to my audience. However, it’s important to note that this theme doesn’t encapsulate the entirety of my artistic expression. At times, I’m compelled to convey my unique concepts and perspectives on various subjects, which leads me to venture into different artistic realms beyond the sole aim of spreading happiness.

LC- What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
YT- The two artworks I have presented in this exhibition revolve around the central theme of human interaction with the surrounding environment. In “Night Garden”, I envisioned an enchanting garden filled with imagination and secrets, awaiting discovery by individuals. This concept was inspired by the hidden gardens tucked away in corners and along streets. I delved into the idea of how these gardens might transform under the veil of midnight and how people would engage with them during this mystical time. On the other hand, “Uncharted Sailing” draws inspiration from the prevalent topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this piece, I portrayed AI as an immense iceberg adrift in the vast ocean, casting a captivating allure upon us. We, as humans, navigate our small boat toward this enigmatic iceberg, in search of treasures, all the while unsure if we will find riches or encounter a formidable threat. Both artworks share a common thread in that they explore the dynamic relationship between individuals and their surroundings, whether those surroundings are natural landscapes or abstract concepts. In our quest to unravel these mysteries, we continually push the boundaries of our understanding, making these pieces a fitting addition to this exhibition.

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LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
YT – The answer is quite sure, yes! As an international artist, I deeply value the opportunity to showcase my work on a platform like this, which extends beyond my local sphere and social media reach. The connections and exposure provided by platforms like this one are invaluable for artists seeking to promote their work on a global scale. It’s heartening to see that such platforms are instrumental in propelling artists like me to reach new heights and connect with a broader audience. Thank you for being a catalyst in taking our art further and helping us share our creative expressions with the world.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
YT – I do! I want to express my gratitude once more for the opportunity to participate in your exhibition in Rome. This is a fantastic opportunity for emerging artists like myself to showcase our work on a global stage.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
YT – I’m eagerly looking forward to being part of the next event with you! I’m especially thrilled that the two pieces I showcased in Rome will be heading to Venice with your team for the upcoming event. Your decision to include my work is truly appreciated. During the shipping and framing process, I had some concerns but your team consistently kept me well-informed about my package. The speed and precision with which you handled the process were remarkable, and I can’t thank you enough for that level of service. I also want to express my gratitude for your patience with me; I might have inundated you with numerous emails to ensure that everything went smoothly with the shipping. Thank you once again!

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