Sarah Lai obtained her BA in Fine Arts in 2007, and MFA in 2018, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lai’s paintings depict objects from daily lives, represented by her signature pale palette and a particular stillness imbued with material memories. In her most recent practice, Lai uses as inspiration images from films, TV and advertisement of the 1980s-90s, capturing the aesthetics of sensuality presented by the media of a bygone era, and articulating a delicate subtlety in personal experiences and memories.
Lai has held solo exhibitions that include “Kyuusekkin! (Love SOS)” (ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China, 2018); “Let the night breeze send away yesterday’s dreams” (Surplus Space, Wuhan, China, 2017) and “In Stasis” (Para Site, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2015). She has participated in group exhibitions such as “One Escape at a Time” (11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2021); “Crush” (Para Site, Hong Kong, 2018); “(In)tangible Reminiscence” (Center for Heritage Arts & Textiles, Hong Kong, 2018); “Against the Light: Sampling in Two Cities” (Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Shenzhen, China, 2017); “From Ocean to Horizon” (Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK, 2017); “Inception” at the 5th Art Sanya (Sanya, China, 2016); and “The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition” (CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2015).
Lai currently lives and works in Hong Kong.