Edi Dai is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area whose practice investigates the complexities hidden within objects considered to be quotidian in nature. Sometimes, these explorations take form as an experience where the goal is to destabilize known truths or expectations. Often, it takes form as an object that mirrors the everyday. While their appearance may differ, ancestral knowledge is foregrounded in each work as a tool for resistance and resilience.
Dai received an M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 2019 and a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine in 2010. They’re the recipient of the Martha Trevor Award from AIGA as well as the Helen Watson Winternitz Award and the Post-Graduate Research Fellowship from the Yale School of Art. Group exhibitions of their work have been included at the Beall Art and Technology Center, New Release Gallery, Culver Center of the Arts, and Transmitter Gallery. In 2018, they were part of the inaugural Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative Fellowship at the Cleveland Museum of Art. They recently received the Mearl K. Gable II Memorial Grant from the Handweavers Guild of America.