Friday, September 26, 2008

Xie Kwun Shan

Xie Kwun Shan is a famous mouth-painter in Taiwan and China. He is most known for his teachings of courage and to think of what you own instead of what you don't. He has also published a book, I am Xie Kwun Shan, and has been read by many leading Taiwanese politicians and celebrities. He is currently in his 50s.

Early life

Xie was born in Taipei to a poor family. He attended primary and half of secondary school. He left school at the age of 16 to work for money. He began to work as an intern in a factory but months later, he went to the hospital due to a serious electric shock.


He had to live in the hospital for a long time, so he decided to paint. Because in the shock, he lost both his arms, one eye, and one leg, he can only use his mouth to paint. According to his book, his mouth would be in pain for 300 days each year. He also mentioned that it's too early to give up. He tried several paintings and the doctors appreciated them. He decided to contact an agenct and ask him to help him sell his paintings.

In the next few years, he painted more than a hundred paintings and were bought by many famous people. He also won many awards for his works of art.

Personal life

Xie has two female children and one wife. They currently live in Taiwan and his children are normal along with his wife.

Tehching Hsieh

Tehching “Sam” Hsieh was a noted New York City-based performance artist; he has been called a “master” by another performance artist, Marina Abramovi?. He no longer creates art, as of 2000.

Few records remain of his early career; one of the few things that is known is that he once learnt art making with a Chinese Art Master, Shiy Der-Chin. In 1973, he immigrated illegally to Philadelphia, United States, where he worked as a dishwasher at China Town for 4 years before he moved to New York City and created his first noted performance piece — One Year Performance 1978–1979.


He is most known for his One Year Performance pieces :
* One Year Performance 1978–1979 “The Cage Piece”
* One Year Performance 1980–1981 “The Time Piece”
* One Year Performance 1981–1982 “The Outdoor Piece”
* Art / Life: One Year Performance 1983–1984
* One Year Performance 1985–1986

Also a 13 year plan “Earth”, 1986–1999, which was his last work.

Artwork details

* One Year Performance 1978–1979 “The Cage Piece”: September 29th, 1978 through September 30th, 1979.

In this performance, the artist locked himself in a 11′6″ × 9′ × 8″ wooden cage, furnished only with a wash basin, lights, a toilet, and a single bed. During the year, he was not allowed to talk, to read, to write, or to listen to radio and TV. A lawyer, Robert Projansky, notarized the entire process and made sure the artist never left the cage during that one year. In addition, this performance was open to be viewed everyday from 11am to 5pm for the entire year.

* One Year Performance 1980–1981 “The Time Piece”: April 11th, 1980 through April 11th, 1981

Hsieh punched a time clock every hour of the day for one year. Each time he punched the clock, it took a single picture, which together yield a 6 minute movie. He shaved his head before the piece, so his growing hair reflects the passage of time.

* One Year Performance 1981–1982 “The Outdoor Piece”: September 26th, 1981 through September 26th, 1982

Hsieh spent one year outside, not entering buildings or shelter of any sort, including cars, trains, airplanes, boats, or tents. He moved around New York city with only a sleeping bag.

* Art / Life: One Year Performance 1983–1984

In this performance, Hsieh and Montano spent one year tied to each other with an 8 foot long rope. They had to stay in a same room while not allowed to touch each other until the end of the one year. Both of them shaved their hair in the beginning of the year, and the performance was notarized by the lawyers of Paul Grassfield and Pauline Oliveros .

* One Year Performance 1985–1986

For one year, Hsieh did no art, spoke no art, saw no art, read no art, and did not enter any museum or gallery. He just went about life for one year.

* 13 year plan, “Earth”, 1986–1999.

At the beginning he declared:
:“Will make Art during this time. Will not show it publicly.”
This plan began on his 36th birthday, December 31st, 1986, and lasted until his 49th birthday, December 31st, 1999.

At the end, on January 1st, he issued his report:
:“I kept myself alive. I passed the December 31st, 1999.”


Why one year pieces? First, because a year is long enough that the work is not simply a performance, but becomes life. Second, because a year is the longest natural unit of time: “several years” is a human invention.

His pieces are not feats of stamina nor motivated by a desire to suffer , but rather are explorations of time and of struggle.
He is not spiritual, but his work draws parallels to monasticism, and he has compared himself to a monk:
:“I have no interest in the spiritual but I am in some ways like a monk who is dedicated in a serious way.”

His works easily admit readings as: prison/solitude/confinement/interior, work/time, homelessness/exposure/exterior, marriage/human relations, and finally, life.

His last two works lead one to question the relationship of life and art, and the effect of designating something as art.

Li Meishu

Li Meishu was a renown western-educated Taiwanese artist.

Li was born in Sanjiaoyong, Taiwan . Zushih Temple in Sansia was rebuilt under his supervision.



Judy Ongg

Judy Ongg is an actress, singer, author and woodblock-print artist from Taiwan. Born in Taipei, she graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and after that, she changed her nationality into Japanese. Her career has spanned more than four decades.

Judy made her film debut in the 1961 Japan- production, ''The Big Wave'', based on the Pearl S. Buck novel.

She enjoyed great popularity in Chinese-speaking countries, and won the Best Actress honor at the ninth Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. She later won the Special Prize at the 19th Asia Film Festival. She has recorded for Columbia Records, CBS Sony and Toshiba EMI. Her 1979 hit ''Miserarete'' sold two million copies. Ongg has had at least one song appear on the NHK program ''Minna no Uta'', and has appeared on the New Year's Eve spectacular KĊhaku Uta Gassen with songs 'Miserarete' in 1979 and 'Reika no Yume' in 1980. One of her most popular songs is "The Story of O-Shin", the Cantonese opening song for the hit drama, "Oshin". This song pushed her popularity among many fans of the series in Hong Kong. Judy wasn't fluent in Cantonese, therefore, her accented Cantonese made the song very catchy.

In television, Judy took roles in contemporary dramas and ''jidaigeki'', including ''Edo o Kiru''. She has also appeared in several stage productions. Judy was offered the role of Mariko in the television miniseries '''', but declined the part. It was eventually played by Yoko Shimada.

In 1999, Judy organized and produced the "Heart Aid" charity concert at the Tokyo International Forum to raise money for survivors of the Chi-Chi earthquake in Taiwan.

Her film credits run to 9 titles; television dramas, 31; variety, 11; radio, 2; commercials, 7. Her music credits include over 40 singles and albums. Judy has written five books. Her prints have received numerous awards.

TV Series

* Tweeny Witches
* Kaseifu ha mita! 19
* Storm Riders
* Spirit Chaser Aisha
* The Big Wave


* ''''
* ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust''
* ''''
* ''Tanba Tetsuro no daireikai shindara odoroita!!''
* ''Robby the Rascal''
* ''Zu Mountain: New Legend of the Zu Mountain Swordsmen''
* ''Oiroke komikku''
* ''Flying Phantom Ship''
* ''Cyborg 009: Underground Duel''
* ''Cyborg 009''

Ju Ming

Ju Ming is a sculptor, who attained fame in Taiwan in the 1970s, and in New York in 1983. Ju Ming was trained as a woodcarver, apprenticed to Lee Chin-chuan, as a teenager. He developed his skill, and applied it to a range of media, including bronze, styrofoam, and stainless steel.

In 1959, he moved back to Tunghsiao and opened his own studio with apprentices, creating a successful crafts business which left him dissatisfied. He became more artistic and tried innovative techniques. Ju married Chen Fu-mei, who is also from Tungshiao, three years later.

After winning several awards in the prestigious Taiwan Provincial Art Exhibition, Ju felt that he could only develop further as a sculptor if he re-apprenticed himself, this time to Yang Yu-Yu, who himself had only just returned from a three-year art scholarship in Rome. Yang agreed, impressed by "Ju's flowing lines through the natural grain of the wood, the form executed with such an assured gentleness and humility."

In 1976, Ju took up Tai Chi on Yang's advice to develop physical and mental discipline. He developed greatly from this practice and started thinking about sculpting works on the theme of Tai Chi, which had never been done before. Ju's solo exhibition occurred in March at the National Museum of History in Taipei thanks to Yang Yu-yu who convinced the museum authorities to show his student's pieces. It was highly successful and he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Youths of 1976.

From 1980, Ju continued to gain international acclaim and exhibited abroad. He started The Living World "family" which he continues to expand. These bright figures are made of bronze, stainless steel, painted wood and foam rubber cast bronze, giving him freedom to depict the human form in all its varieties. Another is his "Living World" series, depicting figures drawn from a modern, westernised society. Much of Ju Ming's work is housed at the Ju Ming Museum, just outside Taipei. The museum was built at the artist's expense, and is open to the public. He was awarded the 18th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007.

Jhy Cheng Wu

Jhy Cheng Wu is a Taiwanese artist currently working and living in Lyon, France. He creates figure paintings in the fusion of Impressionist and Expressionist styles and renders different of ordinary and well-known people.

Face is Cheng Wu’s main subject and is used as a symbol of the human totem to express the personality of a character. By applying swift, sometimes even rough, brush strokes onto a canvas Cheng Wu depicts an image of face in a figurative sense.

Since 1989, Cheng Wu started creating large-scale oil paintings usually 79"x59", portraying a wide variety of subjects ranging from his family members and acquaintances to strangers and world-known celebrities.

Cheng Wu received his early art education with Li Shiqiao. Inspired and encouraged by Li, Cheng Wu left for France in 1988 and graduated with Superior Diploma of Studio Art in 1994 from the National Fine Art School of Lyon . Having won many awards and prizes worldwide, Cheng Wu has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in France, the United States, and Taiwan.

His prizes include the Laureate of Initials from the Fine Art House of Rhone-Aples Region and the Grand prize at the Geneva International Contemporary Art Competition.

Hung Hsin-Fu

Hung Hsin-Fu is a Paper art creator, publisher, and education promoter. Born in 1967, in Taipei, Taiwan. Started to learn "the art of paper" at the age of 4. He has created many works out of paper such as the Formosa Rainbow Salmon and the Octopus.


*1986 -- Third place in a national card design competition
*1989 -- Golden Lion Award of Art Creation in Army
*2001 -- Won the subsidy of creation in “Paper art creation – Ecological preservation series”
*2003 -- Won the 41 st Ten Outstanding Youths Award
*2004 -- The work “Tree Frog” won the best presentation of the art creation of Taiwan