Exhibition Period
02 Aug 2008 - 24 Aug 2008
Opening Hours
8 Aug 2008

Fu-sheng KU

Fu-sheng KU was born in Shanghai in 1934 and came to Taiwan when his father General KU Chu-tung brought the entire family over with the Nationalist Army in 1948. Like many other artists, KU took to drawing at a young age. When graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Taiwan Normal University, he had already participated in the exhibitions of Fifth Moon Group, becoming one of the key figures promoting modern art in Taiwan. Kenneth Hsien-yung PAI, prominent writer and a close friend, remarks that art is a passionate and persistent pursuit for KU. "If everyone must choose a way of life, painting is my whole life—my thoughts are in my work, and so are my feelings and every detail of my existence." KU faces his art with utmost honesty. Indifferent to trends in art, he prefers to indulge himself in the subconscious world between reality and fiction, allowing his fantasies and dreams to flow spontaneously. Naturally inspired by anything or any situation, his creations spring from his inner sense; time, place, material, color, and lines can all be used as vehicles for expression. KU readily twists his media in rich and diverse ways, gracing his works with whimsical and unconstrained fun and beauty.

Exploring the meaning of life, KU's creation centers around "man" as a vital subject, so that his oeuvre can be associated with modernist and existentialist philosophy. As curator Chia Chi Jason WANG once commented, "Fu-sheng KU's creative enlightenment began with the individual's 'body' and he strives to capture the 'present.' Depictions of distortion and deformation are commonly found in his art." Many of KU's human bodies are deformed and elongated, a style that is unique and impressive even today for its visual convulsion and emotional infectiousness. Fu-sheng KU says, "I paint man's inner self as well as his feelings towards the outer world; man's relationship with man, or man's relationship with his surrounding environment and nature. Life is a riddle and a dream. Life is fragile." The complexity of human nature, interpersonal parting, the mysteriousness and desires of the body, and the dream and reality of life... these are the ideas that pervade his art. KU's works exude a rich literary quality, constantly reflecting on the issues of human existence and infused with intense feelings and drama.

Fu-sheng KU's art can be roughly classified into different periods based on the cities he has lived in: Taipei period (1957-1961), Paris period (1961-1962), New York period (1963-1974), San Francisco period (1974-1990), Portland period (1990-2002), Chicago period (2002-2008), and Los Angeles period (2008-Present). In early works, headless bodies are enveloped in infinite solitude and bitterness. In works of the middle years are his contemplations of life and death as well as the juxtaposition of illusion and reality. The recent works now witness his liberation from all worldly restraints and sing praises of life with melodies from a blooming sanctuary. Fu-sheng KU's creative career illustrates a sincere artist's profound fascination in man, living and life in all its endearments. 

1934        Born in Shanghai, China 
1948        Moved to Taipei, Taiwan
1958        BA, Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

                Joined the Fifth Moon Group 
1961        Moved to Paris, France 

1962        Moved to New York, USA
1963-67   Studied at Art Students League of New York, USA
1968        Moved to Chicago, USA
1971        Moved back to New York, USA
1974        Moved to San Francisco, USA
1990        Moved to Portland, USA
2002        Moved to Chicago, USA
2008~      Moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA



2016        "Song of Myself: Selected Works of Fu-sheng KU 1960-2015", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2014        Moon 12 Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2012        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2008        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2005        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2001        BML Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
1998        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1997        "The Floating of Being: The Retrospective of Ku Fu-sheng, 1959-1996", Taipei Fine Arts Museum,

                Taipei, Taiwan
1995        Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA
                Crown Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
1994        Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA
1993        Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA
1988        Yung Han Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1985        Galleria Mavrikas, San Francisco, USA
1982        The Asia Foundation, San Francisco, USA
1981        "20-Year Retrospective", Apollo Art Gallery; Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
1979        Sather Gate Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, USA
1972        Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, USA
1967        Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA
1965        Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA
1964        Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA
1962        La Galerie Mouffe, Paris, France
1961        Taiwan Shin Sheng News Daily Press News Building, Taipei, Taiwan


2003        "The Experimental Sixties: Avant-Garde Art in Taiwan", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2000        Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA
1999        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1993        "Taiwan Art (1945-1993)", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
                Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA
1991        "Fifth Moon Retrospective", Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 
1988        National Taiwan Museumof Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
1986        "A Retrospective Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1985        "New Art in the West", Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1978        "Japanese-American Arts Show", San Francisco, USA
1976        Jenson Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1974        Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, USA
1971        AAA Gallery, New York, USA
1970        October Gallery, Chicago, USA
1966        Tempo Gallery, Lenox, USA
1964        Poorman's West Gallery, New York, USA
                World House International, New York, USA
                Asia House, New York, USA
1963        Union Culturelle de Biarritz, Paris, France
                Galleria San Fedele, Milan, Italy
1962        "International Youth Art Exhibition", Paris, France
                "73rd Exposition of Société des Artistes Indépendants", Grand Palais, Paris, France
                La Galeria Mouffe, Paris, France
1961        National Gallery, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

                "The Fifth Exhibition of Fifth Moon Group", Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News Building,

                Taipei, Taiwan

1960        "6th Sao Paulo Biennial", Sao Paulo, Brazil
                "4th Fifth Moon Exhibition", Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News Building, Taipei, Taiwan
                "Modern Oil Painting", National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
1959        "3rd Fifth Moon Exhibition", Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News Building, Taipei, Taiwan
1958        "2nd Fifth Moon Exhibition", Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News Building, Taipei, Taiwan


1960        Honorable Mention, 6th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1963-65   Elizabeth Carstairs Scholarship, Art Students' League, New York, USA

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, USA
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Fu-Sheng Ku 2008

Author / Fu-sheng KU
  • Language
  • Price NT$680
  • PublisherThe Eslite
  • Size26.5x21.2 cm
  • Publication Date2008/08
  • ISBN9789868457300
Fu-Sheng Ku 2008

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