Meiying Thai is a Vietnamese-American multidisciplinary artist and independent curator, based in New York City. 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.

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

As a photographer, Meiying’s natural portraiture aims to celebrate and uplift her subject’s stories. Her photography has been published by Whitewall Art Magazine, Bomb Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and Penguin Random House and has been displayed in the Denver Art Museum.

Meiying’s 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 and dance-based collaborations.

Meiying holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). 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

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