Rocky Huang moved from Taiwan to Vancouver in 1988 when he was 10 years old.
He had always been involved in the art scene ever since he was young. He studied at Burnaby North Secondary School taking several Fine Arts courses with the intention of becoming a sports painter. But this changed after he entered The University of British Columbia. Manet's Olympia made him realize the element of shock produces automatic vigilance which leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. The appalling message of destruction and violence awaken our moral and religious sensibility, and ethical awareness.
He switched from the traditional medium of drawing and painting to video-making in 1998 because moving images are able to communicate a clearer message to the audience and create a stronger emotional influence without the necessity of historical background knowledge. In addition, this form of media is able to reach a larger audience and therefore make a more significant impact. On top of the many university shows he has been involved in, Rockyís works were also exhibited in a show curated by Ken Lum of UBC in 2000, as well as the Sonic Boom Festival of Vancouver at the Western Front in 1998. Most recently, Rocky initiated, organized, and co-curated the first show of Centre A, The Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, dealing with the diverse issue of the identities of the Asian art perspectives in Vancouver.
Artist Code: 083