Chuang Che

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Chuang Che

Composition #29 - Available
Oil on canvas, 41 x 55 inches


Chuang Che (Born 1934)

Chuang Che was born in Beijing, China in 1934 and grew up in Taiwan. His father, Chuang Shang-Yen, was a scholar, calligrapher and assistant director of the National Palace Museum, in Beijing. As a young child, Che’s father taught him to master calligraphy in the Chinese tradition. This was even before Chuang Che learned painting. Che’s introduction to calligraphy influenced his artwork throughout his career. It taught him the soft brush technique of applying the graceful finesse of “washes” while incorporating the famous techniques of Chinese calligrapher. Chuang Che’s further studies were at the Fine Arts Department at the Taiwan Provincial University (now National Taiwan Normal University) from 1954 to 1957. He joined the “Fifth Moon Group” in 1958 and was one of the primary members of that group.

From 1963 to 1973, he taught in the Department of Architecture at Tunghai University. During that time Chuang Che became know for his artwork. In 1966, Che earned a J.D. Rockefeller III Fund travel grant to study in the United States. Shortly, many corporate and public institutions noticed his unique artwork. Some of his art was acquired by the Cleveland Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Chuang Che devoted tremendous energy to the study of painting. This gave him vast knowledge about painting theories, especially about abstract painting. His techniques with abstract landscape paintings are nature’s manifestation of the physical world. Influenced by calligraphy, Chuang’s lines, forms and compositions have spiritual momentum. He uses the paintbrush to lay down fantastic colors and spaces in a rhythmic and ecstatic manner. Chuang Che’s compositions include organic drips and splashes of paint that impart his work with feelings of force, gravitas, and desolation.

The artwork of Chuang Che merges the traditional techniques of his Chinese heritage with the Abstract Expressionist influences of time spent in Europe and America. This meeting of East and West is at the forefront of his work. He remarks: “No art can mature by itself; it has to absorb nutrition from the rest of the world’s art. I’ve always had this ideal; to see a fusion of Chinese and Western painting.”

Che moved to the United States in 1973. His artwork has been shown at museums and galleries in many countries, including North and South America, Europe, and Asia.