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Yi Ling Lai       賴  倚翎

As an international visual artist, Ling aspires to evoke interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogues in her works.

Yi Ling Lai (b.1997) lives and works in London and Taiwan. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Calligraphy Art and Chinese Painting at the National Taiwan University of Art in 2019 and a Postgraduate Degree in MFA Fine Art at Kingston University in 2021.


Drawing on both eastern and western traditions, Ling has developed her artistic practice of Chinese calligraphy, paintings, and drawings. She combines these traditions to explore ideas, systems, and experiences of language and its limits. Her practice tests both the restrictions and possibilities of traditional Chinese calligraphy to explore themes of desire, ambivalence, and obsession; subjects that are typically considered impossible to express in traditional calligraphy.

She explores these subjects using simplified traditional Chinese calligraphy characters and repetitive mark-making techniques. Without excessive sketches or references, the outcomes are authentically pure. However, she still considers semi-cursive script a necessary element to present her style in painting, bringing language to another level through transformation and integration.

The use of line in Ling's works is at once diaristic and abstract, descriptive and opaque, creating unique rhythms across time and space. The relationship between each line presents a dialogue, which gradually becomes visible through impressions of thoughts, interacting through reduction and amplification.


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  • 2022 Rising Star, Saatchi Art​, Online Platform, Saatchi Art, 2022



  • Shortlisted, New Contemporaries 2021London, UK



  • ‘Extraordinary Artworks’ art prize, Rotary Club of PanchiaoTaiwan



  • Shortlisted- Seal Carving, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan

  • Shortlisted- Ink Painting, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan

  • Shortlisted- Calligraphy,  National Taiwan University of Arts,Taiwan

  • ​Shortlisted- Ink PaintingNational Art Exhibition, Taichung, Taiwan



  • First place- Landscape SketchTamkang University Sketch competition, Taiwa



  • First place- Printmaking, National Student Art Competition, Tainan

  • Artiq- Artist Interview, 2023

  • 2022 Raising Stars Catalog, Saatchi Art, 2022

  • The River, Artist Interview, 2021

  • Kingston School of Art MFA Fine Art Degree Show, 2021

  • Heterogeneity, 2019

  • NTUA teachers and students’ joint exhibition, 2019

  • National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2018

  • Kingston University

   London, UK

   MFA, Fine Art

   2019 – 2021


  • National Taiwan University of Arts

   Banqiao, Taiwan

   BFA Chinese painting and Calligraphy Arts

   2015 –  2019


  • LSE Public Art Programme, Group Exhibition, LSE Marshall Building, London, UK

  • Not My Beautiful House, Group Exhibition, London, UK

  • Circles in Circle, Group Exhibition, OPEN Ealing, London, UK



  • Heterogeneity, Group Exhibition, National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan 

  • Rotary Club of Panchiao Art Exhibition, Group Show, Shi Xi gallery, New Taipei City, Taiwan



  • NTUA Teachers And Students’ Joint Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Shi Xi gallery, Banqiao, Taiwan

  • Some Flowers, Group Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

  • National Art Exhibition, Group Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan 

  • Dot, Photography Group Show, New Taipei City, Taiwan 

  • Time, Group Exhibition, Bopiliao Historic Block, New Taipei City, Taiwan 

  • AMASSA, Blue Shop Cottage, Mauroux, France




  • Hua Hsia Chinese School, Summer Camp Art & Calligraphy Tutor, London, UK

  • Hua Hsia Chinese School, Easter Camp Art Tutor, London, UK 


  • YongKang Elementary School, Guest Art Lecturer, Tainan, Taiwan


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