I met artist Sue Tsai when I was consulting for Monster Products and she was working with the brand on specially designed headphones. That collaboration never took off, but our friendship did. We reconnected at my annual International Women’s Day brunch last year, where she kindly donated art to our auction with proceeds helping local at-risk youth.
Born and raised in New York with a lifelong dedication to visual arts, Sue's rising in the ranks as one of the hip-hop world’s favorite creative talents. She calls fellow art aficionado Swizz Beatz her “brother” and during her recent gallery and pop-up shop The Only Place I Feel Like Me, she solicited high profile visits from supporters like rapper Joe Budden and NFL star Victor Cruz.
Sue's work can be seen on everything from single art for Wale to designs with streetwear line Young & Reckless. Her best pieces are currently selling for upwards of $30-50,000 and her popular social media presence grows by the day. None of this has changed the 28-year-old, who remains the same down to earth, sweet talent focused on inspiring the next generation of artists.
You just wrapped your first gallery and pop-up shop. How would you describe the experience?
“The experience has been amazing and definitely overwhelming. I've had fans fly in from other countries just to come see me and interacting with all these people really inspired me to continue working. Sometimes I try not to expect too much out of these events but with such an amazing turn out, it's definitely stepped up my goals for future shows.”