Feb. 26 1947, Born in Shanghai, China
1969 Graduated from Fu-Shing Commerce & Industry High School, Taipei, Taiwan
1978 Graduated from La Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando de Madrio, Spain
1981 Returned to Taiwan now live in Taipei

Solo Exhibitions

1983 “A Meeting of Mind and Material” Spring Gallery, Taipei
1983 San-Chai Gallery, Taichung
1985 “Temptation After Meeting by Chance” Spring Gallery, Taipei
1985 Ming-Men Gallery, Taichung
1989 “A Tree, A Stone, and A Piece of Cloud” Sala Alta Gallery, Kuenca, Spain
1990 “The Space Between Body and Soul” Taipei Fine Arts Museum
1990 “ A Tree, A Stone, and A Piece of Cloud” Doors Art Space, Kaohsiung
1991 “The Frontier” UP Art Gallery, Kaohsiung
1993 “Love Never Dies” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1995 “Name and Warehouse” Bamboo Curtain Studio and Nomad Museum
1997 “Solo Exhibition” Galerie Pierre, Taichung
1997 “You are the Beautiful Flower” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1998 “Solo Exhibition” Center For the Humanities and Arts Yuan Ze University, Nei-Li, Taiwan
1999 “On Line” Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei
2001 “I am Sorry” IT Park, Taipei
2001 “Spinning Round and Round” None Theme Park, Tainan, Taiwan
2004 “I see, I seek” Warehouse 20, Taichung, Taiwan
2005 “The Spectacular Snore” IT Park, Taipei
2008 “I Hate Takashi Murakami” IT Park, Taipei
2010 “Art from the Underground” Taipei Fine Arts Museum
2010 “Estranged Rhythm” Main Trend Gallery, Taipei
2011 “Gleamingly Gleaming” Yeh Rong Jai Culture & Art Foundation, Hsinchu
2012 “Drifting Towards An End" Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei
2012 “One of 7,034,071,329,” Inart Space, Tainan
2012 “Ma Yuan at A Corner” Main Trend Gallery, Taipei

2013 “Der Turm der Leuchtenden Sterne”, Apartment of Art, Munich, Germany

International Group Exhibition:

1979 “Three-Man Exhibition,” Rincon de Arte Gallery, Madrid, Spain
1979 “Three-Man Exhibition,” Busgan Gallery, Spain
1979 Group Exhibition of Chinese Artists in Europe, Kienlong Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
1980 “Two-Man Exhibition,” Sala de Exposiciones de La Delegacion Provicial de Turismo Santander, Spain
1986 “The Invitational Exhibition from the International Modern Arts Association Japan,” Yokohama, Japan
1987 “Chinese Contemporary Paintings,” National Museum of Contemporary in Korea
1989 “Message from Taipei,” Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
1994 “Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition” Portside Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
1994 “Taipei Modern Art Exhibition” The National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
1995 “Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition” Australia
1997 “Segmentation-Multiplication three Taiwanese Artists” 47th International Biennial of Visual Arts, Venice, Italy
1999 “Inside Out” New Chinese Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and
Asia Society Galleries, New York
2000 “Playing the Game of Word, Icon, and Meaning” University Buffalo Art Gallery, U.S.A
2002 “Contemporary Art Exhibition, Old Ladies’ House,” Macau
2002 “Chinese Ink Tree” Cambio Constante III, Monasterio de Veruela, Zaragoza, Spain
2002 “PAUSE,” Gwangju Biennale 2002, Gwangju, Korea

Domestic Group Exhibition:

1979 “Contemporary Overseas Chinese Artists,” National Museum of History, Taipei
1982 “Three-Man Exhibition,” Spring Gallery, Taipei
1983 “Taipei Fine Arts Museum Opening Exhibition,” Taipei Fine Arts Museum
1984 “Difference in Space,” Spring Gallery, Taipei
1984 “New Form Art Center Opening Exhibition,” New Form Art Center, Taipei
1985 “Taipei Hsiung Shih Biennial Exhibition,” Hsiung Shih Gallery, Taipei
1985 “ Beyond Space,” Spring Gallery, Taipei
1986 “SOCA Studio Opening Exhibition,” SOCA Studio, Taipei
1986 “Contemporary Art Trend in the R.O.C., “Taipei Fine Arts Museum
1987 “Avant-Garde Installation Space,” Taipei Fine Arts Museum
1987 “Chinese Contemporary Paintings,” National Museum of History, Taipei
1988 “Time and Creation Exhibition” Taipei Fine Arts Museum”
1988 “Environment and Installations” Taiwan Museum of Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
1990 “Contemporary Artists Drawing Exhibition,” Cherng Pin Gallery, Taipei
1990 “IT Park Gallery Opening Exhibition,” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1990 “Yung-Han Gallery Opening Exhibition,” Yung-Han Gallery, Taipei
1990 “Selected Exhibition of 300 Years of Taiwan Art Work,” Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung
1990 “Up Art Gallery Opening Exhibition,” Up Art Gallery, Kaohsiung
1990 “Poems and the New Environment,” The Eslite VISION, Taipei
1991 “Twelve-Man Contemporary Paintings Exhibition,” Dimensions Art Gallery, Taipei
1991“Sorcery Exhibition,” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1991“The Space between the Metaphysical and the Material,” Up Art Gallery, Kaohsiung
1991“Contemporary Art Trends in the R.O.C. 1991,” Leisure Art Center, Taipei
1991“Installation in the Eslite Book Store,” The Eslite Book Store, Taipei
1991“International Mail Art Exhibition,” IT Park Gallery
1992“Taiwania Gallery Opening Exhibition,” Taiwania Gallery. Taipei
1992“Beginning from the Object,” IT Park Gallery. Taipei
1992“The Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art,” Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
1992“Environment & Art-16 Ideas of Rubbish Handing,” Taipei Municipal Culture Center, Taipei
1992“Banquet of Awareness- to Support the Buddhist Modern Zen Charity Sale Activity,” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1992“Wearing the Symbol” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1992“Art Expo,’ Sung-Shan Exhibition Hall, Taipei
1993“IT Kitsch – A gift of love,” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1993“Culture of Gift Giving,” New Phase Art Space, Tainan
1993“Tsong Pu’, Lai Chun-Chun, Hul Kun-Jung,” Three-Man Exhibition, IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1993“The Subtropical Plant,” The Eslite Vision, Taipei, Galerie Pierre, Taichung
1993“Tradition and Creation,” Chinese Floral Arts Foundation, Taipei World Trade Center
1993“An Idea About Flowers,” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1993“Stopping the World,” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1994 “The Indescribable Unknown-The IT Park Fund Raising Exhibition,” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1994 “Monochrome” Galerie Elegence, Taipei
1994 “Texture,” Number 2 Space, Taipei
1994 “Urban Nature,” The Dimension Art Foundation Gallery, Taipei
1994 “Wandering” IT Park, Taipei
1994 “Dialogue Between Creation and Material,” Home Gallery, Taipei
1995 “Transitional Site” IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1994“The Southern Way” Leisure Art Center, Taipei
1996 “:The Ceramic Group Exhibition- A Space not for the Chorus” Taipei County County Culture Center
1996“The Independent Declaration” Lin& Keng Gallery, Taipei
1996“Taipei Biennial: The Quest for Identity-Backyard Garden in Jun,” Taipei Fine Arts Museum
1996“Taipei Contemporary Art Exhibition” Shanghai City Arts Museum
1996“The Black Society” The Dimension Art Foundation Gallery, Taipei
1996“Journey to the East, the Installation of Group Exhibition” Hong Kong
1997 “The Opening Exhibition-Reconstructing the Chaotic” YiamTiam Art Center, Kaohsiung
1998 “Guile Uzi Paradise” International Sculpture Symposium
1998 “In the Back Yard of Taipei City: the Installation Exhibition Homeland
1998 “A Banquet: In Celebration of the Anniversary of Provincial Fine Arts Museum
1998 “A Month Darting Into A Flame,” Taiwan Museum of Art, Teaching, Taiwan
1998 “A Story of River Bed” Enlighten the Canal Tainan Culture Center, Tainan Taiwan
1999 “Magnetic Writing-Marching Ideas Works on Paper”, IT Park, Taipei
2000 “The Gravity of the Immaterial” Institute of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei
2000 “Encounter Over Seas” Physical Transplanting the Historical, Taiwan
2002 “Contemporary Art in Taiwan,” Hong-gah Museum, Taipei
2003 “My Name,” Ming Hsin University of Science & Technology, Hsinchu,
2003 “Discourses on Love: 64 Conversations in SARS’ Ear,” IT Park, Taipei
2003 “Soul Reconstruction, Part III-Joint Exhibition Celebrating Life”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2004 “Artists Festival”, Huashan Arts District, Taipei, Taiwan
2010 “Variations of Geometric Abstraction in Taiwan's Contemporary Art” Eslite Gallery, Taipei

Awards & Honors

1984 “Contemporary Art Trends in the R.O.C.” Taipei Mayor’s Award, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
1992 “The Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art,” Taipei Fine Arts Museum

My era: influenced by the atmosphere of late 70s’ conceptual art.

My way of expression: substituting the brush with a 1cm by 1cm chop to express color and content.

With the process of continuously stamping,

The canvas and I are brought closer to each other.

Minute after minute, the painting is taking shape with a steady heartbeat, mechanical, and repetitive motion.

The simple colors and shapes almost make the painting monochromatic.

Within the finished work, materials that emphasis natural light sources emerge.

This is an exploration of the depths of the universe.

Not choosing to use techniques of painting to create an “image,” rather, a process of “rubbing, reflecting, and echoing” is continuously repeated to “seal” and “confirm” the message.

Within the messages, a non-image-like cognitive meaning is conveyed.

Non-uniformity still exists.

Each stamp on the canvas has a minute variance.

Maybe, the repeating motion of “stamping” still contains a “consciousness.”

This self-projection of existence manifests in the form of subtle variations in stamping to create patterns in brightness, light to dark and dark to light.

Art from the Underground: Tsong Pu Solo Exhibition
May 22 to August 8, 2010
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Galleries D, E and F

Tsong Pu has been active on the Taiwanese art stage since the early 1980s, becoming one of the island's senior-generation contemporary artists of today. Soon after he was born in Shanghai in 1947, he and his family moved around before ultimately settling in Taiwan. In his early years, Tsong Pu exhibited boundless enthusiasm for the idealistic world of art, especially European and American Abstract Expressionism. Armed with new concepts and different media, Tsong Pu returned from Spain in 1983 to hold his solo exhibition A Meeting of Mind and Materialat the Spring Gallery. His paintings for this exhibition were truly unprecedented, breaking with established rules of traditional painting, including perspective drawing, primacy of technique and fixed compositions. Simply put, Tsong Pu was not satisfied with these entrenched forms, and so, drawing inspiration from his immediate environment, he deployed his creativity and keen visual sensibility on an inexhaustible array of materials to explore new possibilities in painting.

In 1984, Tsong Pu was awarded the Taipei Fine Arts Museum sponsored Contemporary Art Trends in the R.O.C Exhibition. This significance of this award cannot be overstated, as it affirmed the excellence of avant-garde art, served as an index of progress for Taiwan's contemporary art world, and demonstrated that Tsong Pu's artistic evolution was closely aligned with that of the museum's. For a 1996 installation entitled You are the Beautiful Flower, Tsong Pu arranged sketches, canvasses painted with grid patterns, aluminum boards and ready-made objects, such as scissors, hammers, shovels, wrenches, stones and levels, on a large wall in the exhibition venue. The rich dialog which ensued positioned his grid patterns between painting and three-dimensional space, and presented his nomadic spirit in a process of seeking enlightenment from the common objects of everyday life.

Tsong Pu composes his abstract paintings using rational thinking, yet the work's expressive results are richly poetic and replete with progressive Utopian ideals. With his grids he expands the spiritual space of the exhibition venue, wandering between installation and painting, staying close to the patterns seen all around, and avoiding interference from concrete imagery at all costs. This prompts connections between viewers' abstract thinking and the artwork, and in this way establishes resonance. Since the 1980s, Tsong Pu has been developing his grid pattern painting style in works such as A Meeting of Mind and Material; Name and Warehouse; You Are the Beautiful Flower; Square White; Square Isn't Square, Circle Isn't Round, Time Doesn't Pass; and Thirteen Relativities between Two Squares in the Dark. The depth and breath of change in his work over the years is difficult to quantify, as he has indefatigably kept at his project of expanding the expressive potential of the grid, all the while deriving from it a boundless vitality. This exhibition includes over one hundred of Tsong Pu's works from each of his creative periods over the last thirty years, presenting a comprehensive account of the artist's visual language through sketches, paintings and installations from as early as 1978 to his most recent work.