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). In 1966, having won an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to study in the United States, he began travelling to Europe and the United States in 1968. In 1973 he settled in Ann Arbor, 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, M+, Hong Kong.

1934 Born in Beijing, to Chuang Shang-Yen, a scholar and calligrapher who worked at the National Palace Museum, Beijing, China
1948 Moved to Taiwan
1954 Studied under Chu Teh-Chun at Fine Arts Department, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
1958 Graduated from Fine Arts Department, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Co-founder of Fifth Moon Group, Taiwan
Exhibited in Premiere Biennale de Paris, and Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil
1960-64 Travelled Europe, met Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-chun in Paris, and met Antonio Tapis in Sapin
1962 Exhibited in International Painting Salon in Hong Kong
1963-73 Professor of Art, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
1965 Solo exhibitions in USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong
1966 Awarded John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellowship (Visual Art) to study in USA
Artist-in-residence at University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
Became assistant of American Abstract sculptor Seymour Lipton (1903-1986), New York, USA
1967 Solo show, Ann Arbor, Michigan; travelled to Europe
1968 Observed contemporary art developments in USA and Europe; Spent six months in Paris, France
1972 Received award to study Art History in Michigan University, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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 New York, USA
1992 Set up studio in Manhattan, New York, USA
Present Lived in New York, USA




  • Chuang Che, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong


  • Chuang Che, Chaotic Harmony, Vazieux Gallery, Paris


  • Chuang Che Anniverary Solo Exhibition: As Lofty as a Mountain, Asia Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Effusive Vitality: Chuuang Che Retrospective Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Deep Ridge, Remote Way, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China


  • Primal Form: An Exhibition of Chuang Che’s Painting, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
  • The Song of the Earth: Chuang Che, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • Kaohsiung Musem of Fine Arts, Kaosiung, Taiwan
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, USA


  • Recent Paintings by Chuang Che, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • Retrospective, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Chuang Che, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • Abstract Paintings on Canvas by Chuang Che, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • Paintings by Chuang Che, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, Michigan, USA
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA


  • Oberlin College Asian Society, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA


  • Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
  • Newark Art Museum, Newark, New Jersey, USA


  • Fine Art Museum, Flint, Michigan, USA


  • National Taiwan Arts Hall, Taipei, Taiwan




  • Ink in Motion: A History of Chinese Painting in the 20th Century, Cernuschi Museum, Paris, France


  • Individuals, Networks, Expressions, South Galleries, M+, Hong Kong





  • The Third Space: Chinese Text of Abstract Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Ningbo Art Museum, Ningbo; 798 Art District, Beijing, China


  • Abstraction Gesture, Tenri Cultural Center, New York, USA
  • China Contemporary Art, University of Minnesota Art Museum, Minnesota, USA
  • Modern art in Taiwan: the heroes of Guandu in 2005, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Beyond Representation, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • Taiwan Paintings in the Sixties, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Oriental Essence: The Abstraction of Overseas Chinese Artists, Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York, USA
  • International Exhibition of Abstract Art by Overseas Chinese Artists, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; Artist Commune, Hong Kong
  • Autumn Salon, Paris, France


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


  • 2nd Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 1st Shenzhen Biennial, Shenzhen, China
  • Fundamental Elements, Art Beautus, Vancouver, Canada


  • 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, USA
  • Horwitch-Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, USA


  • Wonders of Chinese Abstraction, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


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


  • Haeneh-Kent Gallery, New York, USA


  • Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA


  • David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Taipei: New York Confrontation of Modernism, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Forum of Hamburg International Art Festival, Hamburg, Germany


  • The Progressional Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan


  • The Progressional Arts Exhibitions in the Republic of China, Taipei Provincial Art Museum, Taichung, Taiwan


  • A Retrospective Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


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


  • Overseas Chinese Artists, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Chuang Che, Hao Ma, Chen Ting-Shih: Exhibition of Three Artists, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong


  • Fifth Moon and Ton Fan 25th Anniversary Joint Exhibition, Taiwan Provincial Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Contemporary Chinese and Japanese Art, Summit Art Center, Summit, New Jersey, USA
  • An Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Asia Foundation Art Gallery San Francisco, California, uSA


  • Three Contemporary Artists, Foot Hills Art Center, Golden, Colorado, USA


  • 10 Chinese Leading Artists, Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan


  • The Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA


  • Contemporary Chinese Art, The Claremont and Pomona College, California, USA


  • Pintura China Contemporana, Madrid, Spain


  • The New Chinese Landscape: Travelling Exhibition of Six Chinese Artists, Taiwan and USA 


  • Chinese Modern Art Exhibition, Galleria Del Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Italy
  • Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Laren Zwolle, Gravenhage, Delft, The Netherlands
  • Modern Chinese Paintings, Woodrow Wilson Society, Princeton University, New jersey, USA


  • The Bienal de Sao Paulo, San Paulo, Brazil
  • The Premiere Biennale de Paris, Paris, France
  • Chinese Avant Garde Exhibition, Dominion Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Modern Art Exhibition From Taiwan, Chatham Gallery, Hong Kong


  • First International Art Exhibition, Saigon, Vietnam
  • Chinese Modern Painting Exhibition, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
  • International Salon of Painting, Hong Kong


  • The Bienal de Sao Paulo, San Paulo, Brazil


  • The Bienal de Sao Paulo, San Paulo, Brazil


  • Fifth Moon Group Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan


  • 1st International Exhibition of Young Artist in Paris, Paris, France


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