Tay Cha is a Korean born artist whose work consists of drawings,paintings, prints and comics. While Cha doesn't "tag" in the graffiti sense of the word, he is largely inspired by underground subcultures such as skateboarding and graffiti. His work showcases characters and their environments that often border the line between humorous and serious and the real to the imaginary. In Cha's earlier work he examined masculinity and the growing up process from boyhood to adulthood. Next Cha produced a large number of abstract paintings capturing the spirit and energy surging through his body. His most recent work can best be described as playful. Dinosaurs, aliens and fanciful creatures soar through the air battling their enemies or lending a helping hand to their friends.
In 2010 Cha graduated with an MFA from The University of Pennsylvania. There he received The Lawrence Shprintz Master of Fine Arts Award given to a student for outstanding performance in any medium. Cha has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ohio, Philadelphia and New York. His most recent participation was in Witness: Artists Reflect on 30 years of the AIDS pandemic at the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA) in Dec 2011. Cha grew up in New York and he currently resides in the Hudson Valley with his dogs and chickens.