Friday, September 26, 2008

Yen Shui-long

Yen Shui-long , a Taiwanese and sculptor, was born in Siaying of Tainan County. He began to study abroad in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts since 1922, and graduated in 1927.

In 1929, Yen went to France to study arts. Between 1933 and 1944, he returned to Japan, worked on and applied arts. Yen resided in Taiwan again later, and became a teacher of Tainan Technical College .

Yen made a series of works after 1961. And he also created many art works that contain some motifs about Taiwanese aborigines. In 1984, Yen resigned from Shih Chien College of Home Economics . In his old age, Yen worked mainly on painting, drawing, other visual arts and his personal exhibitions.

Yang Chih-yuan (painter)

Yang Chih-yuan created a diplomatic incident in 2004 when his painting won a contest to be featured on United Nations stamps to be issued to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Yang, 13 years old at the time, entered the contest sponsored by Lions Club International with a poster dipicting "contrast between war and peace with images of tanks and doves".

The UN first announced that Yang's poster had been selected to be put on a stamp. However, it later said that Yang's poster would not be used. Media reports in Taiwan, the government of Taiwan, and the Taiwan Lions Club believed the decision to not use the poster was the result of pressure from China because the student's painting contained an image of Flag of the Republic of China . The UN claimed that its initial announcement that Yang's poster would be used was simply a mistake. Critics of the United Nations move claimed that the rejection of the student's painting on purely political grounds did not reflect the ideals of the International Day of Peace.

The government of Taiwan later issued a stamp containing the image.

Patrick Lee (painter)

Patrick Lee is a contemporary Taiwanese painter.

He was born in Kaohsiung City, started to paint after winning a primary school drawing contest, and is a self-taught artist. His works are multimedia on canvas or wood panels, mixing oil and acrylic paints, inks and powders. The works, primarily lavis, have recently taken a more adventurous turn and combine Chinese arts and calligraphy to modern media and contexts. Lee's works are bright and colorful panels with a lot of silver, gold, reds and blacks, a subtle marriage of strong colors resulting in a mellow blend. The texts often visible in the background are extracted from very famous and ancient museum calligraphies of Wang Xizhi recomposed in Lee's manner.

Although Lee has painted for many years, he has not held any shows until 2002. His first show in Taiwan was followed by a solo exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark and several solo exhibitions in Taiwan. Exhibitions are planned for Peking and Shanghai.

He has been praised in Lifestyle Magazine and in the Taipei Times, and is particularly appreciated by Western collectors.

Mu Wen Pan

Mu Wen Pan is a Taiwanese born Artist and Painter living in New York. His early work can be seen in the meathaus anthology, of which he is a founding member.

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Liu Chi-hsiang

Liu Chi-hsiang is a Taiwanese . He was born in , Tainan County, in the period of . In 1923, Liu finished his Public School education and headed to Japan to study abroad in Aoyama Gakuin . Liu was subsequently admitted into Kawabata gagakou , a private art school located in Tokyo.

Liu got into Bunka Gakuin to study art in 1928, and graduated from this college in 1931. He went to France later, and began to study painting by imitate some European oil paint works, especially the impressionism paintings. After his Europe travel, Liu received several art awards in Japan and Taiwan for his oil paint works, and got married in 1937. He lived in Japan until the World War II was end.

After the end of war, Liu returned to Taiwan, continued to work on his artistic creations. He moved to Kaohsiung in 1948. After the first wife's death, he married with his second wife in 1952. Liu spent his old age promoting the art education of Taiwan.

Lee Tze-Fan

Lee Tze-Fan was a Taiwanese and art teacher. He was studying at Taipei Normal School when he was 14 years old. His painting career began in 1924 when he was introduced to art by his teacher Kinichiro Ishikawa .


Lee Tze-Fan was of the first generation of Taiwanese artists who created Western-style painting. His works were performed in the fusion of art styles, between social realism, expressionism and abstractionism.

For a long time he was a professor in National Taiwan Normal University, having many students, mostly from the counties of , , and .

Lee's son Yuan Tseh Lee is a chemist who is the first Nobel Prize laureate of Taiwan.

Lee Shih-chiao

Lee Shih-chiao was a Taiwanese . Most of his paintings were , but he also created some cubist works in his mid-life.


Lee Shih-chiao was born in Shinshō district, Taihoku Prefecture of the Japanese-ruled Taiwan. In 1923, he entered Taipei Normal School , which divided into two normal colleges later, and began to receive the formal art education.

Lee married Zhou Lai-fu in 1928. And he was accepted by the in 1931. Lee graduated from the Tokyo School in 1935 and stayed in Japan until 1944.

In 1963, Lee began to serve as an associate professor to teach arts in National Taiwan Normal University. He left the Normal University in 1974, and became a professor of the National Taiwan Institute of Arts and the Chinese Culture University.

Lee retired from his educator jobs and emigrated to Seattle to live with his daughter in 1982. He died in Syracuse, New York, .