Born and raised in Penang, Tan Yu Kai had been schooled in Chinese painting since the age of 12. He obtained a Master’s degree from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA, majoring in Biology, Anthropology, and Earth & Environmental Sciences. He is currently a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution.

He works with media including watercolours, gouache, egg tempera, acrylics and oils. His works revolve around the relationalities between humans and the natural world. His curatorial work with natural history collections had provoked him to re-examine the ways of knowing and interacting with nature, which exists within and beyond science. Yu Kai’s pieces are emotive moments in conversation with the alternative modes of seeking our position in nature.

Tan Yu Kai

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