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Rahic.Talif was born into the Amis Makota’ay village of Hualien in 1962. He is a professional artist who works in the fields of wood sculpture, installation art, performance art, architecture, furniture, reworking tribal culture, indigenous society and culture etc. As a result of the tribal age hierarchy he has served in the position of mama-no-kapah (father of youth), in which capacity he has been responsible for guiding young people, organizing and managing the entire tribe. From his collection of tribal myths, oral histories and visits to old tribal sites, Rahic has sought to relearn tribal wisdom and helped tribal members participate in art exhibitions at home and abroad, as well create public art works.

For more than two decades, Rahic has reflected on and explored his own ideas, as a result of which he developed a very distinctive creative energy. This has involved using driftwood imbued with life and memories as his main medium and creating pieces that depart from the generally received understanding of aboriginal art. Many of Rahic’s works reference aspects of ocean culture and traditional tribal spirit. He has also proved particularly adept at installation art that makes use of honed sculpted lines and precise language to convey environmental dialectical thinking on the issue of globalization, as he discusses the collapse of communal structure and major social change, encouraging viewers to reflect on such issues through his own actions and art.

In 2000, Rahic received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to attend art activities in the US. In 2014, he was designated an ocean culture artist by the National Museum of Marine science and Technology. His main works include “Modern Meeting Room"1993, “Ending and Beginning"1999, “Return-to-Zero"2000, “The Dance of Standing" 2005, “Incomplete" 2007, “Action Project for Typhoon"2008-2013, “The Space of Fifty Steps"2013-2019 , and he has written “Turbid.”2006, “Journey in the space of 50 steps.”2019.

During his artistic career Rahic has moved from a focus on the possibilities inherent in social criticism, ideas, reflection and re-presentation of cultural interpretation, to an exploration of the essential purity of art.

birth year
1962
Place of Birth
Hualien
Taiwan
Place of Residence
Hualien
Taiwan
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2020
The Marine Museum of Art / Indifference
National Museum of Marine Science and Technology , Keelung , Taiwan
2019
Journey in the space of 50 steps
Duli Visitor Center of East Coast National Scenic Area Administration , Taitung , Taiwan
2018
Stumbling Toward Discovery
Tenjinyama Art Studio , Sapporo , Japan
2017
Memories of the Ocean / Sustainability & Environmental Education / Special Exhibition
Mellow Fields Hotel , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Journey in the space of 50 steps
Tunghai University Art Gallery , Taichung , Taiwan
2015
The Space of Fifty Steps
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
A Beautiful Ocean ?
National Museum of Marine Science and Technology , Keelung , Taiwan
2010
Action Project for Typhoon —The Invasion after Disappearance
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Molding
Exhibition Hall in Tree Valley Park Service Center , Tainan , Taiwan
2007
Ponal (incomplete)
Eslite Performance / Exhibition Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2000
Rising Sun : The first Sunshine in Taimali 2000 New Year Soiree
Outdoor exhibition on Taimali Beach , Taitung , Taiwan
1995
Showcase
Yan Huang Art Museum , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
1994
Women of Amis
Artyart Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
1993
First solo exhibition ‘Prideful Amis’
Artyart Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2020
Underflow – The Historical and Cultural Connection between Malaysia and Taiwan
Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space , Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
2019
Noseden Art Line
妙見の森実行委員会 , Osaka / Hyogo , Japan
2019
BUSAN BIENNALE
Sea Art Festival 2019 , Busan , South Korea
2018
Steel Friends, Steel Fantasy
Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2018
Wild Rhizome:2018 Taiwan Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2018
An Island without Boundary: Contemporary Taiwanese Art
Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Silent Scene
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology , Taipei , Taiwan
2017
Wishing.Dream ─ co-exhibition of Jimmy & Tainan Municipal Houbi District Shuren Elementary & Rahic Talif
Taitung Art Museum , Taitung , Taiwan
2012
The 9th 2012 Shanghai Biennale
Power Station of Art , Shanghai , China
2012
The Standing Art : International Sculpture Exhibition
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Without a Shape : The Origin of Nature
Taiwan New Arts Union , Tainan , Taiwan
2010
YES TAIWAN: 2010 Taiwan Biennia
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2010
After the Bridge: Ruminant Representation after Classification, Mixture and Symbiosis
KYU Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2009
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 2009 : Episode one in Kuandu International driftwood art creation workshop
Taipei National University of the Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Group exhibition : New Climax‧Post Industrial - Vanished Sea Line
New Thoughts Cultural Artistic Space , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2008
Performance : Empty Forest and Mountain Wind
U Theatre , Tainan , Taiwan
2008
Eating Space
On-site experimental project , Tainan , Taiwan
2007
Position : One Concept, Three Spaces’ group exhibition
Cultural Building of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store Tainan Branch , Tainan , Taiwan
2007
Flowage in ‘Across Oceans and Time : Art in the Contemporary Pacific’ exhibition
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2007
Awa ko ngta‧Awa ko toras / Not near, not the End
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2006
Clothes of the Earth in Green Miracle : Conversation between Art and Ecological Environment’ artworks exhibition
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2006
Between Obstruction and Crossover, 2006 International Windbreak Forest Environment Arts Exhibition.
Sihcao Boulevard , Tainan , Taiwan
2006
Group Exhibition: ‘The Dance of Standing’ and ‘The Island Songs: 24 ways to present the sea’
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2005
Revive Indigenous Arts: Exhibition of Artworks by Contemporary Indigenous Artists
Cultural Building of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store Tainan Branch , Tainan , Taiwan
2005
Circling Flow, 2005 Shihmen Reservoir International Drift-wood Sculpture Symposium
Shimen Reservoir , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2002
Fasolan, Feeble Power and Beauty exhibitions
National Museum of Prehistory , Taitung , Taiwan
2001
Soul of the Beginning and the End, ‘Simple Form with Complex Meanings: Square and Round Contemporary Taiwanese Art Exhibition
Taipei Gallery / National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , New York / Taichung , U.S.A. / Taiwan
2000
Return-to-Zero, Contemporary Artistic Exhibition
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1999
Contemporary Art Group Exhibition of Indigenous people from Taiwan and Canada
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1998
Crossing Times, co-performed with U Theatre in Festival d'Avignon and São Paulo Art Biennial
São Paulo , Brazil
1997
Dance of Original Birth: Artistic Exhibition of Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples
Graduate School of Visual Arts Management and Art Center, Yuan Ze University , Taoyuan , Taiwan
1997
Woodcarving Art Exhibition
World Religious Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
1997
Group Exhibition
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
1996
Stone Carving Art of Six Indigenous Tribes in Taiwan
Bunun Cultural and Educational Foundation , Taitung , Taiwan
1994
Exploring Modern and Primitive
Second Exhibition of Galleries , Taipei , Taiwan
1992
Group Exhibition
Eternal Fine Art Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Exhibition
Tara ikaulanhan: Walking into the Nature
Industrial Zone of Tainan Science Park for the Support of LED TV Manufactures (Tree Valley Science Park)
Tainan , Taiwan
2007
Exhibition
Encounter with palafang
Artistic Reformation of Public Space, Council of Cultural Affairs
Hualian , Taiwan
2019
Book
Journey in the space of 50 steps
Toko Studio
2006
Book
Mangotaay (Turbid)
Rye Field Publishing Co.
2011
Awarded
The Best Top 5 Visual Arts, The 9th Taishin Award
Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture
Taipei , Taiwan
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Limo o tan / Cherish
In the past, those being captured in the fishnet Were so abundant, We can even choose what we want or not. Today, the fishnet is still full, What have been captured, however, are gaudy fragments that have no place to go, Could we ever again have the clear seawater where we can choose something from?
Installation Art , Sculpture ,

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尺寸依場地而定

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尺寸依場地而定

尺寸依場地而定

尺寸依場地而定

尺寸依場地而定

尺寸依場地而定

尺寸依場地而定

尺寸依場地而定

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Action Project for Typhoon
2008-2013
Installation Art , Sculpture ,

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60x30x70cm, 40x20x50cm
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Mafolaw / Immigrating to a distant land
Has Lakaw really become the garbage? Is it all right to Iloh, to disappear? For an unknown time, We have been drifting on the sea like fishes, While the sea washes away the color on our bodies. If we help each other, Can we still go to the many places we have once visited? Where should we go then? Can we make it? Note: The term Lakaw in Amis means “garbage”; the term Iloh in Amis means “burn down.”
Installation Art , Sculpture ,
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Rahic・Talif, 2007, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2016, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
Rahic・Talif, 2015, Installation Art , Sculpture
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