Cheng’s artistic practice employs surreal images and character performances in animation to articulate the changing nature of emotion, modern relationships and the experiences queer bodies encounter in modern culture.
Cheng-Hsu Chung is a Taiwanese animation director and visual artist currently working and living in Berlin, Germany. Cheng describes his signature style as “loud, noisy and fluid” with his out of proportion characters, spontaneous character performance and anarchic visual style. Yet despite its apparent unconventionality, his work is grounded in reality, exploring sexuality, gender and queerness in modern love and relationships. As both illustrator and animator, Cheng can “build a world of his own”.
Cheng’s films have been screened in international film festivals, such as Ottawa International Animation Festival, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, GLAS Animation Festival and more. Awards include Taiwan Grand Prize at Kaohsiung Film Festival, Bronze at Berlin Music Video Awards 2020, Jury mention at London International Animation Festival. His film ‘Adorable’ was nominated for Best Animated Short Film in Golden Horse Award and Taipei Film Festival.
Cheng also works on commissions such as music videos, ads, and illustrations. Through working artistically and commercially as an animator and illustrator, his work adds artistry and originality to commercial projects while honouring his signature style. Selected clients include Adult Swim, BBC, Bayer AG, Berliner Zeitung, Warp Records, Adidas, among others.