About Vincent Chong:
Vincent Chong is a Queer mixed-race Chinese-American community-based painter, performance artist, and Chinese calligrapher. They paint portraits of QTAPI (Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islander) folks to celebrate their lives and stories. Their work investigates how we grapple with our
identities, often engaging notions of tradition, family, heritage, body, and presentation. Much like the practice of calligraphy, daily practice of figurative drawing informs their body to hold and channel the faces and expressions of community members. They are interested in how this muscle memory and intuition manifests the expressions and presences of people in their community. In their performances, they connect the millinea old tradition of large-scale live calligraphy performance to their background in Queer performance, drag, gogo-boy, and gymnastics aesthetics. By combining this performance with Queer culture and looks, they aim to celebrate the existence of Queer lives in both traditional culture and Asian identity. Moving forward they plan to continue painting the people in their community and creating performances drawing more from drag performance. they taught themself to paint by painting QTAPI members of their chosen family, and now that they feel comfortable with their painting skills, they aim to paint a more complete picture of their QTBIPOC chosen family by also including other folks of color in their paintings.
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