One NY Artist: Painter and Designer Richard Tsao

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Richard Tsao (Udom Surangsophon)

There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices. Here, artist and designer Richard Tsao.

Richard Tsao is originally from Thailand, and he has developed a unique painting technique. In this interview, he explained that he mixes painting with marble dust on a canvas, and soaks that in a flooded room. "I call it soaking and saturation of the work, and flooding," he said. " Maybe it has something with growing up in Thailand, where we had monsoons and our backyard was always flooded for like two months."

The process takes years. "It's time consuming, and it's very labor intensive, and it's not practical," he said. "It's, you know, what Wall Street would say not cost effective."

Two of Tsao's paintings are currently in a group exhibit at the Tribeca gallery Art Projects International

Tsao also designs women apparel made of Thai hand woven silk. "I came up with this idea of sewing elastic into silk to create the classic, I call the cocoon jacket," he said.

Even working with two very different art forms, Tsao said he never runs out of ideas. Or out of the urge to create. "I think in being an artist you are probably born being Mal-content. You always want more, you always think you can do better. so voila, it's 40 years and you are still doing it."

Courtesy of the artist and Art Projects International, New York.
"Salty Sea" by Richard Tsao is a water-based mixed media art piece on wood.
Mark Tunyaluck Phuttal
Silk jacket designed by Richard Tsao.
Richard Tsao and Art Projects International
Richard Tsao completed "Twin Peaks" in 2010. This piece is 20 inches by 18 inches.
Mark Tunyaluck Phuttal
Details on an outfit designed by Richard Tsao.
Richard Tsao and Art Projects International
Installation view of "Richard Tsao: Nam Wan" at Art Projects International, New York, in 2011.


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Comments [4]

Teresa Mular from Huntington, New York

Richard is the Man of the Renaissance !! His work is sublime and his artistic sensibility is second to none. I admire his work, his clothing designs are absolutely true art works. The use of bright colors in his fabrics lifts the spirits and soothes the soul. He's truly ONE of a KIND !!!

Apr. 30 2014 07:51 PM
Rodica Lazar from NY

Great work and talent .I Love his colors.They bring light and happyness to the soul.
Richard it' s a wonderful ,talented person .
Love ,love his line of clothing .
Thank you ,Richard for bringing a ray of light in our life with your designs.

Jan. 25 2014 10:50 AM
Ronald Levandusky, MD from Manhattan

Richard's paintings, of which I have six, remind me of the vivid mineral springs of Yellowstone Park, of far-away planets, and even of forest fires. Their complex colors and textures still fascinate me 15 years on.

Jan. 24 2014 06:20 PM
srey bandaul from Battambnag Cambodia

It is so amazing picture of their working (first photo)

Jan. 19 2014 09:58 PM

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