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5F, No. 11,
Songgao Road,
Taipei 11073, Taiwan   map * 
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Tommy CHEN biography | artworks | events

Tommy CHEN was born in 1931 in Jinan, Shandong and at the age of 18, he moved to Taiwan with his family and began studies at the National Taipei University of Education. Dissatisfied with the school’s stifling education system, CHEN sought guidance in LI Chung-sheng’s studio and developed a unique and personal painting language, as well as became friends in art with other LI’s other students such as HUO Gang, XIAO Qin, and HSIA Yang, who together founded Tong Fang Art Group in 1957. In the 1950s, CHEN specialized in sketches that streamed the natural expression of consciousness as a response to the post-war international pulse of abstract painting. During the 1960s, CHEN began to experiment with many types of media to express a bleak post-war struggle situation. His images have broken away from symbols to rely on points, line, and texture. His paintings were mostly gray and brown toned, and he would mix copper grease with oil paints to produce rich textures that would shine and flicker under light. In the 1970s, CHEN was busy with international activities, such as the Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil, where he received the First Prize, International Youth Exhibition in Paris, and the Asian International Art Exhibition in Hong Kong, where he received high honors.


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