Chen Cheng-Hsiung - FB

The 3rd edition of the Florence Biennale turned its gaze towards the Far East by inviting the artist Chen Cheng-Hsiung, a pioneer of Taiwanese abstractionism, to receive the International "Lorenzo il Magnifico" Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chen Cheng-Hsiung and Oriental Abstract Expressionism

Chen Cheng-Hsiung is an internationally renowned artist with exhibitions not only in Taiwan and China, but also in France, Italy and the United States of America. Born in 1935 in Taipei, he is the youngest of the three Chinese artists (together with Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-Chun) who contributed to the birth and development of Eastern Abstract Expressionism.
Coming from an artistic background based on representational oil painting, he started his own stylistic research with the practice of abstractionism in 1958.
During his artistic career, he has moved several times from one type of abstractionism to another, always discovering new areas to explore.

Chen's work belongs to the Eastern tradition of lyrical abstraction, his inspiration comes from primitive art and is clearly marked by his personal cultural heritage. The strong calligraphic lines, typically oriental, intertwine with abstract colour patches in a harmonious composition that brings together East and West and combines traditional and abstract styles.