Tristan Cai

Associate Professor of Photography

Tristan Cai


Tristan Cai received his BFA(hon) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. His multi-disciplinary art practice reflects on the ways which we socially construct knowledge in our image-saturated epoch. Cai has received the San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship Award, the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, as well as the Professional Development Grant and Arts Bursary Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore. His works have been exhibited at Phoenix Art museum, Arles Voies Off, France, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, GoEun Museum of Photography, Korea, RS Project, Berlin, and Shanghai World Exposition, China amongst others.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • All Levels of Photography
  • Research-based Art Projects
  • Interdisciplinary Art
  • Staged Photography
  • Studio Lighting


  • at San Francisco Art Institute, 2013
  • at Nanyang Technological University, 2011


  • Artist Book purchased by Center for Creative Photography

    Juried by Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs at Christie's and Rebecca Senf, Norton Family Curator of Photography at Phoenix Art Museum

  • CICA Musuem solo exhibition and conference presentation

    Cai presented his body of works, A Celebration: The Origin of Life and gave a lecture at the New Media Art Conference 2018 at CICA Musuem in Gimpo, South Korea