Candy Bird is a renowned street artist and illustrator, who creates unique and playful visuals addressing social injustices and environmental concerns around the world. This year, Candy Bird was also one of the 12 artists brought together by Gap REMIX Project to reimagine the classic Gap logo in an exclusive collection of graphic tees.
Candy Bird是壹位知名的街頭藝術家和插畫師，他獨具特色且趣味十足的作品旨在揭露社會不公現象以及全球環境問題。Candy Bird是參與2015年Gap REMIX項目的12位藝術家之壹，該項目邀請每位藝術家以各自風格重塑經典的Gap logo，從而打造出壹個特別版系列T恤。
When Candy Bird first started experimenting with street art, it proved to be a challenge, especially financially. In his own words, “When I first started doing street art, I had no money. I was working two jobs: one in a noodle shop and one delivering stuff by motorcycle. When I was cruising around on delivery, I would look for walls that I could paint.” Many of his street art pieces could be found along his delivery route.
Born and raised in Taipei, Candy Bird has lived in the same bedroom his entire life, giving him a unique perspective on the city. He says, “Taipei is like a middle-aged man who still tries to wear the latest fashions. There’s a conflict between old and new, a transcendence of time and a feeling of loneliness. Before, Taipei used to be handsome, but now he’s a bit past his prime.”
Candy Bird’s schedule revolves entirely around creating artwork and studying the works of others for inspiration. According to him, “My entire life revolves around art, it’s very simple. Some people will think an artist’s life is crazy and exciting, but it is nothing like that. I wouldn’t really view making art as my job. For me, it’s just like eating or drinking – if I don’t do it I won’t feel right.”
Much of Candy Bird’s inspiration comes from his background in Buddhism. He is motivated to share with others the things that he has learned about life, meaning, and human relations through contemplation and observation. He says, “I like to observe others, especially really strange people who are excessively ambitious, or just common people on the street.”
Each of Candy Bird’s pieces has an underlying message, whether about current events, politics or society. He tells us, “Ever since I first fell in love with street art, I realized that street art could broadcast messages to society from the wall, and it was more accessible to the public than any art gallery. I feel that as an artist, I have a responsibility to give something back to society and the world through my work. Maybe it won’t have any real effect, but that’s what I aspire to.”