劉其偉 LIU CHIWEI (1912-2002)

Liu Chi Wei was born in Fujian, China, his original name was Liou Fu-Sheng. After immigrating to Japan in 1920, he enrolled in Kobe English Mission School and the National Railway Technical College in Tokyo. He moved to Taiwan in 1945 and began to learn watercolor through self-teaching, by 1951 he held his first solo exhibition. In 1962, he received First Place in watercolor from the Art Society of China. In 1996, he won the Honorary Art Medal from Chinese Writer’s and Artist’s Association. In 2001, he received gold and an honorary medal from the 4th Wen Xin Award. In 2002, he was rewarded by the president of Taiwan. His watercolor and oil paintings are deeply loved and respected by the people of Taiwan, they gave him the respectful and playful title of “Liu Lao” referring to his child at heart persona. His exhibitions include: “80 Years Retrospective Exhibition” (1990, Taichung, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts); “Explore 90 – Liu Chi Wei Charity Exhibition” (2001, Taichung, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts); “Liu Chi Wei Europe to Asia Tour Exhibition” (2001, Ireland, James Joyce Center). He has published extensively including “The Theory of Modern Painting”, “Watercolor Techniques and Compositions”, “Aboriginal Art and Culture in Taiwan” and more. In 2017, his works were exhibited in “Following the Footsteps of the Master: Liu Chi Wei Professor Memorial Exhibition” at Tunghai University.

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