Chuang Che

1934, Beijing China


It was in the late 1960s when Director Alice King first saw Chuang Che’s works in the home of a friend in New York. Painted in the style of Western Abstract Expressionism, the image remained vividly in her mind, and in 1982 the gallery began exhibiting his works. Born in 1934 in Beijing, China, Chuang’s early education was steeped in classical Chinese painting and calligraphy. His father, Chuang Shangyen, was the Vice-Director of the National Palace Museum in Beijing and so Chuang Che had many opportunities to see the museum’s collection first-hand. In 1949, he immigrated to Taiwan with his family and graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Taiwan Normal University in 1957 having studied drawing under Chu Teh-Chun. It was during this period that Chuang co-founded the Fifth Moon Group, which advocated that Chinese artists experiment with traditional Chinese art and Western avant-garde art – in particular Abstract Expressionism. The art historian Michael Sullivan wrote that Chuang Che artwork ”rejected the tien (dots) and ts’un (texture strokes) altogether” creating “[Franz] Kline-like gestures”. (The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art, pg. 199). By the 1960s, having won an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to study in the United States, he began travelling to Europe and the United States. In 1973 he settled in Ann Harbour, Michigan, and in 1988 moved to New York where he continues to work. Since the 1960s, he has made a concerted attempt to revolutionise Chinese landscape painting, incorporating abstract elements in acrylic and oil.

Since 1982, Alisan Fine Arts has held five solo exhibitions for the artist. His works have also been included in several of the gallery’s important group exhibitions, such as Abstraction and Beyond held in 1997 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and in the same year at the Shanghai Art Museum The Chinese Root: Works by Mainland and Overseas Chinese Artists. His works have been collected by the Cleveland Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Art; Cornell University; Fine Art Museum, Flint, Michigan; National Museum of History, Taipei; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; China Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum; Guangdong Museum of Art; Hong Kong Museum of Art.

1934    Born in Beijing, to Chuang Shang-Yen, a scholar and calligrapher who 

                 worked at the National Palace Museum, Beijing, China
1958    Graduated from Fine Arts Department at the National Taiwan Normal 
University and joined the Fifth Moon Group. Took part in the Premiere   
Biennale de Paris, and the Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil
1962    Took part in the International Painting Salon in Hong Kong
1963-73    Professor of Art, Tunghai University, Taiwan
1966    Awarded a John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Travel Grant to study in the USA. 
Stayed at Iowa University and became the assistant of sculptor S. Lipton in New York
1967    One-man show, Ann Arbor, Michigan; traveled to Europe
1968    Spent six months in Paris, France
1973    Moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
1985    Fulbright Fellow as Visiting Professor, National Arts Institute, Taipei, Taiwan
1986    Travelled to Mainland China; exhibited in Beijing, China
1988    Moved to Yonkers, NY, USA
1992    Set up studio in Manhattan, New York, USA



  • Art Basel 2018, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong




  • Holistic View and Microscopic Vision, Asia Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan


  • "Deep Ridge, Remote Way” Solo Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China


  • Gary Snyder Fine Art, NY
  • Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China; Gallery of Artists Commune, Hong Kong
  • Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • Hanart Gallery, Montreal, Canada; Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, Quebec, Canada
  • Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York


  • Gallery 456, Chinese-American Arts Council, New York, NY
  • International Art Symposium & Exhibition of Painting, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada


  • Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York City, NY


  • Asian Tradition - Modern Expression, Zimmerli Art Museum of the Rutgers University, New Jersey; Chicago Cultural Center, IL; Fisher Gallery, The University of Southern California, CA; Dean Lesher Center of Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, USA; Kaohsiung Fine Arts, Taiwan; Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan; three museums in Japan


  • Mutations of Ink and Paper, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY
  • Horwitch-Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, AR


  • Between East and West - Transformation of Chinese Art in the late Twentieth Century, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT


  • Haeneh-Kent Gallery, New York


  • Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong; Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan


  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA


  • David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, USA; Lungmen Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH, USA
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Detroit Art Institute, MI, USA
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Saginaw Art Museum, MI, USA
Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KA, USA
Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
The Art Museum, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Lehman Brothers, USA