Rahic.Talif was born in the Amis Makota’ay village of Hualien in 1962. He is a professional artist who works in the fields of wood sculpture, installation art, performance art, architecture, furniture, reworking tribal culture, indigenous society and culture, etc. From his collection of tribal myths, oral histories, and visits to old tribal sites, Rahic has sought to relearn tribal wisdom and help tribal members participate in art exhibitions at home and abroad, as well as creating public art works.
In 2000, Rahic received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to attend art activities in the United States. In 2014, he was designated an ocean culture artist by the National Museum of Marine science and Technology. His main works include Modern Meeting Room in 1993, Ending and Beginning in 1999, Return-to-Zero in 2000, The Dance of Standing in 2005, Incomplete in 2007, Action Project for Typhoon from 2008-2013, The Space of Fifty Steps from 2013-2019, and he has written Turbid in 2006 and Journey in the space of 50 steps in 2019.
For more than two decades, Rahic has reflected on and explored his own ideas, as a result of developing a very distinctive creative energy. This has involved with using driftwood imbued with life and memories as his main medium and creating pieces that depart from the generally received understanding of aboriginal art. Many of Rahic’s works embody the spirit of ocean culture and traditional tribes. He has also proved particularly adept at installation art that makes use of honed sculpted lines and precise language to convey environmental dialectical thinking on the issue of globalization. As he discusses the collapse of ethnical structure and major social changes, he encourages viewers to reflect on such issues through his own actions and art.
During his career, Rahic has moved from a focus on the possibilities in social criticism, ideas, reflection and reproduction of cultural interpretation, to an exploration of the essential purity of art.