Drawn to the ambiguities and mysteries surrounding the subjects of death, creation and religion, Cai is interested in the cultural production of knowledge and the realities that humanity constructs in these domains. He draws inspiration from academic research and first-hand interaction with individuals, ranging from bio-ethicists, neuro-theologians to cult victims. Cai creates oblique narratives that references the challenging intersections of science and religion and the construct of human normalcy, while opening up the discourse on how the authenticity and propagation of visual information may influence our belief systems.
Tristan Cai lives and works between Singapore/USA. He received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and his BFA(hons) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Cai has been included in recent exhibitions at the Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Netherlands, Arles Voies Off, Paris, National Museum of Singapore, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, GoEun Museum of Photography, Pusan, Korea, RS Projects in Berlin, Germany and Shanghai World Exposition, China, SOMArts Cultural Center, USA, amongst other. He is also a passionate educator and has taught at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, San Francisco Art Institute and the Maricopa Community Colleges.
In recognition for his fine works, he has been awarded the San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship, Murphy and Cadagon Contemporary Art Award, Harvey Fellowship and Professional Development Grant (National Arts Council, Singapore). His works have also been recently featured on Culturepush, Conscientious, Humble Arts Foundation New York, CameraArts, F-Stop, Yvi and Photography Forum.