Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Dec 9th 2007 to Dec 11th 2007 | Nov 15th 2009 to Nov 19th 2009
  • FROM : USA

Born in Taipei in 1964 to political dissidents, Mingwei Lee has a dual Buddhist-Catholic background. As a child he spent summers at a Chan (the Chinese ancestor of Zen) monastery where he learned the simple power of concentrating on daily activities. Lee then came to live in the United States and attended a Benedictine high school in California. He went on to study textile arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts, earning a BFA in Textile Arts in 1993 and receiving an MFA in Sculpture from Yale Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1997. Within a year he had his first solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Lee has since had solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and The Los Angeles County Museum. He has also participated in both the Venice and the Whitney Biennials. Mingwei Lee has been an artist in residence at Acadia Summer Art Program in Maine, the Oxbow School in Napa California and was a visiting artist at DiJian University in Taipei, Taiwan. Some of his more recent projects include Guernica in Sand, a mixed media interactive installation for the Albion Gallery in London; Fabric of Money, a mixed media interactive installation for the 2006 Liverpool Biennial at the Tate in London, and Artists as Residents for the Echigo-Tsumari Art triennial in Japan. Mingwei Lee currently lives and works in New York City and Berkeley, California.