Rosendo Merel Choy 

(B. Panama) 


Rosendo Merel Choy is part of a family of artists of Chinese ancestry who joined forces to work on the #PANACHINA project. His grandfather arrived at the port of Colón, Panama, in the 1930s from Guangdong, and Rosendo was brought up with Chinese family traditions.

Merel Choy completed his studies in animation production and design at Canada’s ICARI Institute in 2001. As a video artist, he employs technologies such as 3D mapping and virtual reality to create interactive installations in which the viewer is encouraged to interact with or manipulate the artwork. Hecho en China (2016) is an interactive video piece that plays with elements of design and video games to manipulate images of Chinese products popular in Panama, such as Tiger Head batteries and White Rabbit Creamy Candy. His work has been exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panama in 2016, and he was part of the installation team for Carlos Cruz Diez Chromointerference digital restoration at SCAD in 2017. He also participated in the #PANACHINA projects of 2014 and 2017.