KU, PING-HSING/顧炳星 (1941-Present), born in Fengyang, Anhui, China, is a world-renowned Chinese American Artist and Educator. Professor Ku is a part of a dynastic legacy of Chinese Artists, evolving from Classical Chinese Painting to Modern Chinese Art. Ku, Ping-Hsing trained and studied directly under "Chinese Neoclassical" master, Huang Junbi (1898-1991), one of the “Three Masters Across the Strait/Sea," including Pu Ru (1896-1963) and Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) -- Professor Huang was also the private art teacher to Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Soon Mei-Ling.
It is at National Taiwan Normal University/NTNU in Taipei, Taiwan, where the Three Master Chinese Artists settled, created, developed, and implemented the artistic realm of Chinese Art...This was during an era of rebuilding Chinese Democracy, the Republic of China, on the island that once was of the Qing Dynasty before the Imperial Japanese colonized it -- Taiwan. Ku, Ping-Hsing, would be the first generation of Chinese Art students under these Chinese Masters, who are linked to our Chinese History in China.
In the 1960's, Ku, Ping-Hsing was chosen as one of the artists to represent the Chinese abroad -- Studying in Madrid and Valencia in Spain, and exploring the foundations of Cubism. It is in Spain where Ku, Ping-Hsing, collaborated eastern and western philosophies of life and art.
Ku, Ping-Hsing, with a scholarship, then graduated from the City University of New York with a MFA in the early 1970's. It is in New York City that Ku, Ping-Hsing, began his journey to be "The Father of Chinese Cubism..."
Upon returning to his alma mater in the late 1970’s, Professor Ku became one of the youngest tenured art professors at NTNU. From 1996-1999, Professor Ku was the Dean of Fine Arts Department at National Taiwan Normal University, growing the university's study abroad programs to the next level in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, China and the United States of America. Professor Ku's impact and inspiration of east and west concepts and philosophies, the history of Traditional Classical Chinese Art to Modern Art, has transformed and influenced successful students and artists around the world.
Professor Ku's work has been and is prominently displayed as a part of the permanent collections in several museums and galleries, such as the Asia Society in New York City and the National Palace Museum in Taipei, public space: Taipei MRT Daquiaotao Station, and private patrons throughout Asia, Europe and America.
Professor Ku, Ping-Hsing has always been dedicated to how "light and time constantly changes..." His passion exhibits through his art. Using the foundations of Traditional and Classical Chinese Art to enhance Western philosophies and manifestations of how our world of differences can work harmoniously together. It is through his privilege and choice of being proudly Chinese American, that his only personal goal in life is to make the world a better place with the arts!
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