She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design and Art & Architectural History (2002) and has completed the postgraduate research program La Seine at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2010).
Highly personal yet universal concerns spur Tsai’s multi-media practice. Geographical, social, and spiritual motifs inform a body of work, which encourages viewer participation outside the confines of complacent contemplation. Preoccupied with the human/nature relationship, Tsai meditates on the complexities among cultural beliefs, spirituality, and transience.
Charwei Tsai has had solo exhibitions internationally, and has participated in international exhibitions and biennials including solo projects and exhibitions: soft and weak like water, the 14th Gwangju Biennale (2023); The Womb & The Diamond, Live Forever Foundation, Taichung, Taiwan (2021), Jogja Biennale and Power of Intention : Reinventing the (prayer) Wheel, Rubin Museum, New York (2019), Charwei Tsai : Bulaubulau, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK (2018), Hear Hear Singing, Commissioned by Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, UK, Water Moon, Contemporary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France, Biennale of Sydney (2016), Simple Shapes at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2015) and Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2014), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Phantoms of Asia at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2012), Yokohama Triennial (2011), 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), Traces of the Sacred, Centre Pompidou (2008), Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2007), the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006) and J’en rêve, Cartier Foundation, Paris (2005).
Tsai’s works are in public and private collections including those held at Tate Modern, London ; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane ; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo ; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco ; M+ Collection Hong Kong ; Faurschou Fondation, Copenhagen ; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco/Paris ; Contemprorary Art Institute, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, France and FRAC Lorraine, France.
Tsai has also published a curatorial journal titled Lovely Daze twice a year since 2005. The complete sets of Lovely Daze are in the library collections of Tate Modern, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Pompidou Center, Paris, and MACBA, Barcelona.