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Meiying Thai is a Vietnamese-American multidisciplinary artist and independent curator, based in NYC. She works in a broad range of media including drawing, painting, photography, and performance, all of which explore themes of love, healing, dual-identity, movement, the body, parallel universes, and fantasy.

 

She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2015, with an added focus in Art History and Global Aesthetics & Politics. Her performance background includes almost a decade of classical ballet training at the School of American Ballet and seven years of performing with the New York City Ballet where she was featured in media and publications including The New York Times

 

As a fine artist, she has exhibited in both solo and group independent exhibitions in New York City since 2015 and her work is held in private collections across the United States and abroad. Her most recent solo show, I Loved You on Every Rooftop, was on view at the High Line Nine Galleries in Chelsea from June- July, 2021 and featured a collaboration with musicians from the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the NY Philharmonic.

 

Her independent curatorial practice centers around Cafe Telephone, an on-going global project she founded in 2015. Cafe Telephone takes form in pop-up exhibitions and artist salons that seek to create intimate environments for visitors to experience multimedia dance-based collaborations. Inspired by the magic of cafe culture and rooted in the idea of cross-cultural conversation, Meiying’s Cafe Telephones also serve as a platform for a growing community of international young artists. Cafe Telephone's 2020 dance film series was most recently featured at the High Line Nine's 'Females In Film' showcase in March 2021.

Meiying is also a passionate traveler, and has visited and worked in the studios of artists across Europe, South America, and Asia. She is a fan of breakfast, Iberian ceramics, long-haired dachshunds, and Saigonese motorcycle rides.

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Website portraits by Alice Plati (2021), Carrie Anne Kelly (2017)

Design by Meiying Thai and Laura Sucre

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