Sami Tsang is a Canadian-born Chinese and was raised in Hong Kong. The most impactful experience she had there was studying traditional Chinese painting for 7 years. At age 12, she returned to Canada to pursue her passion for art. In 2015, she obtained her BFA in Ceramic Art at Sheridan College. In 2021, she received her MFA degree in Ceramic Art at Alfred University. Sami had been awarded Best in Show at the Gardiner Museum, Clifford Scholarship, and Mudtools Merit Award at Nceca Juried Student Exhibition in 2019.
Growing up as the youngest child of a conservative Hong Kong family, her voice was not welcomed. At 12, she moved back to Canada, where a series of traumatic issues were created by the constant flux amidst two cultures - Chinese and Western. At 20, she began to resist her traditional role. She gathers stories of domestic encounters and private narratives. Her ultimate goal is to face head-on the heavy hearted matter. When the heart allows, she converts these stories through the work of cartoonistic gesture into bearable, yet straightforward imagery to reveal the raw emotional experiences we share.