The illustration below was created by Jon Renzella, an American expat and woodcut artist living in Taiwan. The essence of Taiwan and Taiwanese culture has been captured perfectly, and if you’ve spent any time in Taiwan then the artwork is sure to jump out at you.
All of the unique Taiwanese characteristics are present – the meandering scooters, KTV, ice tea stands, street party tents, foot massage and convenience stores, a precariously parked 7-11 delivery van even makes an appearance. Too many things to mention them all.
When explaining life in Taiwan to friends and family I now need only show them this image to help illustrate my explanations. Here’s some of the things to look out for while you are viewing the full size version on Jon’s site:
A ceremonious fire outside a shop:
A wedding party tent taking up half a street:
A KTV venue:
A bin lorry/trash truck:
Street vendors and what looks like a blue truck, or 「發財車」, selling fruit off the back:
If you can spot anything else interesting then post it in the comments!
About the Artist
You can read more about the artist, Jon Renzella, on his blog, but here’s a snippet taken from his bio:
Jon Renzella was born in the greater Boston area, USA, and moved to the midwest to complete a BFA in Printmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has also studied at L’Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. [he] has exhibited across North America, Europe, and Asia. He currently resides in Taichung City, Taiwan.