1958 (was birth date of)
Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto, who creates drawing-based installations that pull from a myriad of sources, including myths and legends from around the world. He has created large-scale cut-paper installations, juxtaposing delicate, decorative cuttings with dark, demonic characters; the result is a push and pull between beauty and horror that wraps the viewer up in an unsettling experience.
He was born in Taipei, Taiwan, but immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University in Toronto and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.
In 2008, Pien took part in a Breathe residency at the Chinese Arts Centre in which he explored his interest in beliefs and perceptions of reality with particular reference to Manchester's Chinese community. His work led to the installation Memento
which was exhibited at the Centre in 2009. The work was a contemplation of the human condition, looking at the plight of illegal immigrants who often take great risks in the hope of living a more significant and meaningful life.
Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Biennale de Montreal 2000 and 2002; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional e las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; the Goethe Institute, Berlin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; as well as the National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.