Meiying Thai is a Vietnamese-American multidisciplinary artist and independent curator, based in NYC. She works in a broad range of mediums 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 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 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.

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