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  • Tan Zi Xi
  • Artist Story
  • Singapore-born, London-trained, MessyMsxi is the moniker artist Zi Xi came up with while she was at Central Saint Martins as her course mates and friends had difficulties pronouncing her distinctively Chinese name. With its alliterative ring, MessyMsxi is not only memorable, it also hints at Zi Xi’s belief that the creative process is inherently messy, that the truest works spring from moments of spontaneity and inspiration. Since graduating in 2009 with an honours degree in Graphic Design (Illustration Major), Zi Xi has gone on to carve out a reputation for herself as an illustrator. Her works have won her acclaim almost from the start. Zi Xi was conferred “New Talent of Year 2010” in the London International Creative Competition for her seminal series Ten Years of Work for Every Minute on Stage, and was voted “Best Illustrator 2010” by JUICE Magazine Singapore. In 2013, she was winner of the “Most Inspiring Award” in the Great Women of Our Time 2013, an annual award by The Singapore Women’s Weekly that honours the achievements of the nation’s most inspiring women. In the same year, Zi Xi won “The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013” for her illustrations in Where's Grandma?. In recognition of her talent and unique style, Zi Xi has also been invited to work on numerous projects with collaborators as diverse as graphic designers, fashion labels and museums. In fact, her most recent accolade is a prestigious Gold from the Singapore Creative Circle Awards 2015 for her animation piece, dododo, commissioned by UNTITLED Japan. Never one to stand still, Zi Xi constantly seeks new ways to express herself, exploring media and forms out of her comfort zone. Striving always for meaning in her work she pushes beyond the decorative into the narrative, be it a personal view of a subject close to her heart or an acute commentary on larger social issues.
  • Location
  • Singapore
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Artist CV

Employment / Working Experience
  • September 2008
  • Internship, Ogilvy, London
  • September 2009 - Present
  • Independent Full-time Illustrator

Education
  • September 2006 - June 2009
  • Bachelor (Hons.) Graphic Design, Illustration Major, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of Arts London, United Kingdom
  • March 2002 - May 2005
  • Diploma in Visual Communication, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Awards & Achievements
  • 2005
  • Director’s List - Temasek Polytechnic, Visual Communication, Singapore
  • Awarded only to top 5% of the cohort.
  • Best Final Year Project - Temasek Polytechnic, Visual Communication, Singapore
  • Best Of Design - Crowbar Awards, Singapore Awarded Top entry in all categories for Teri’s Most Beautifuls
  • Gold - Crowbar Awards, Singapore Awarded for Category Editorial Design : Teri’s Most Beautiful
  • Bronze - Crowbar Awards, Singapore Category Packaging Design , Awarded forTen Feet Tall
  • Merit - Young Asian Designer Award, Regional Category : Illustration , Awarded for Teri’s Most Beautiful
  • 2006
  • Design Singapore Scholarship
  • 2008
  • Finalist - D&AD Student Awards, London Awarded for An Effort Most Futile
  • 2009
  • Second Upper, University of Arts London,
  • Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design,
  • Bachelor Honors, Illustration
  • 2010
  • Winning Entry for Student Notebook Vol.1 Design, AlsOdoMinie, Singapore
  • Highly Recommendation - 29th UOB Painting of the Year Competition, Singapore
  • New Talent of the Year -
  • London International Creative Competition, London
  • Category - Professional Illustration, Awarded for Ten Years of Work for Every Minute on Stage
  • Voted Best Illustrator 2010, JUICE Magazine, Singapore
  • 2011
  • Merit - Art Directors Club 90th Annual Awards 2011, New York, Award for The Design Society Journal #1
  • 2013
  • Nominated for ‘Great Women of Our Time 2013’ by The Singapore Women‘s Weekly Magazine
  • The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013
  • ‘Most Inspiring Award’ of ‘Great Women of Our Times Awards 2013’ by Singapore Women‘s Weekly Magazine
Press & Publications
  • 2005
  • Interview Feature in Oom Magazine, Thailand
  • 2009
  • Cover Art for Amelia’s Magazine, London
  • 2010
  • Feature Story on Juice 2010 April Issue
  • Interview Feature on I-S Magazine 2010 April Issue, Singapore
  • Cover Art and Interview Feature on Design Society Journal, Singapore
  • Interview Feature on SHIFT.jp www.shift.jp.org/en/archives/2010/10/messy_msxi.html
  • 2011
  • Interview Feature on Daily Cyzo www.cyzo.com/2011/08/post_8135.html
  • Interview Feature on ActuallyMag, http://actuallymag.com/breakfast-beauty-the-most-important-meal-of-the-day-made-up/
  • 2012
  • Interview Feature on The Design Society Journal No.4, Singapore
  • Interview Feature on Streething http://streething.com/news/3182
  • 2013
  • Interview Feature for ‘Great Women of Our Time 2013’ by The Singapore Women‘s Weekly Magazine
  • Interview Feature on Sunday Times LIFE! Page 7, 9th June 2013

Exhibitions
  • 2005
  • DesignEDGE Idn Conference & Expo in collaboration with Fashion Designer, Jo Soh, Singapore
  • Presentation at Rojak03, 3 Starlight Road, Singapore
  • 2008
  • Under Construction, Central Saint Martins Graphic Design Exhibition, Truman Brewery, London
  • Work In Progress, Central Saint Martins Illustration Group Exhibition, Colom Art Gallery, London
  • 2009
  • Central Saint Martins Graphic Design Graduation Exhibition, OXO Bargehouse, London
  • 2010
  • Little Drom Store, Singapore
  • First Solo Exhibition, The Art Studio, Old School, Singapore
  • The Substation, Notebook Vol. 1 - Begin, The Substation Gallery, Singapore
  • Summer Showcase, Candid Arts Trust, London
  • Campaign City : Life in Poster, Evil Empire, Singapore
  • Made For Sam, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
  • 2011
  • PantoneMyArt, The Coffee Connoisseur, Singapore
  • OH! OPEN HOUSE, with Evil Empire, Singapore
  • Synaesthesia, The Substation Gallery, Singapore
  • A Penny for Your Tot, Mint Museums of Toys, Singapore
  • 2011 Nixon Art Mosh, Old School, Singapore
  • 100 Friends, 100 Artists, The Coffee Connoisseur, Singapore
  • 2012
  • The Art of Rebellion, Lorong 24A shophouses, Singapore
  • Asian Students and Young Artists Art Festival, Seoul, S. Korea
  • 100 Friends 100 Artists 100 Dreams, The Coffee Connoisseur, Singapore
  • 2013
  • Campaign City, National Library Board, Singapore
  • Sew Searching, by Yanda & Cookie Cutter, Singapore
  • Hello, Shibuya Tokyo, Plaza Singapore, Singapore
  • The Unusual Suspect, Madnest, Singapore


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