Becoming "The Father of Chinese Cubism".
SPONSORED BY POPULAR CULTURE OF THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND TOURISM SALA CITE
Painting can be said to have only been an enlightenment art among the Chinese. He did not paint in oil but only in gouache or glue, on canvas, vellum or rice paper, with different themes, but especially the landscape, flowers and birds with lines of great finesse. In the millenary Chinese culture, there is a centuries-old plastic concern that, being transmitted from generation to generation, brings us a purity of incredible lines in current painting. KU PING HSING is a young exponent of the thousand-year-old plastic tradition of China. His vision and conception combines the arrangement of traditional pictorial elements with a vision and resolution of today. His training with the masters of Chinese painting Hwan Chun Pi, great landscaper, Chang Teh Wan and Lin Yuh San, magnificent painters of birds and flowers, and the teachers of the most modern techniques Lee Sek Chao and Ma Pai Sui, make his works are a strange reflection of ancient China and current trends in that country. SALA CITE, aware of the great value of Ku Ping Hsing, sought his work and invited him to exhibit in Valencia, so that our painters could have a direct view of the theme, the schemes and the treatments with their resolutions, with a sample genuine oriental, pure, current and without easy compromises. It is not an easy exhibition to see, it contains its secrets and its "cuisine" but undoubtedly impregnated all of this with a loving vision of nature. RAFAEL PONS
In 1941, KU PING HSING came to the world in Feng Yang (Anhui) China. In 1947 with the communist revolt in China, he leaves the mainland together with his family and via Hong Kong, he goes to Taiwan. In 1953 he began to participate in children's competitions obtaining important prizes. At the end of his high school studies in 1957 he obtained an extraordinary prize in drawing and a third national prize. With tenacity and great interest, in 1958 he managed to become a disciple of the great landscape master and professor Hwan Chun Pi and to follow a course with the specialists in bird and flower painting professors Chang Teh Wan and Lin Yuh San, thus continuing for a period of six years. He combines these studies with his commencement in 1960 of natural painting, oil and watercolor studies with professors Lee Sek Chao and Ma Pai Sui, respectively, for four years. Already in 1964 he entered, by means of a selective examination, at the National Taiwan Normal University in its Department of Fine Arts. In it, his works are chosen to represent the center at the International Exhibition for University Students in Tokyo. In 1965 while in the University Militia, he was elected President of the Círculo de Bellas Artes "Jua Way", organized by the students themselves. He is elected President of the Department of Fine Arts of the University, and as such, represents the latter in several national exhibitions, achieving in all of them the «Certificate of High Merit», being therefore interviewed by the National Television Network . In 1967, in the seventeenth Exhibition of Fine Arts of the "Join Faculty Student" he obtained the first prize and another awarded by the Ministry of National Education. In the same year he is elected Honorary Member of the "Art Society of China". In 1968 he graduated from University, obtaining First Prize in Chinese Painting, First Prize in Watercolor and Third Prize in Oil. He is appointed Assistant Professor at National Taiwan Normal University. He is awarded a scholarship to study at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid. 1969 Exhibits in the Sala of the newspaper «Aleta» in Santander. He exhibits in the Sala de la Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. He exhibits in the Hall of the House of Culture of León. He travels through Europe, through France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 1970 Exhibits at the San Eloy School of Nobles and Fine Arts in Salamanca. He studies Philosophy and Letters at the University of Salamanca. Exhibits in the House of Culture of Avila. He exhibits at the Gallery of St John's University Jamaica in New York. His work is featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ibiza. He joins as a member of Arte Actual de Valencia. 1971 Exhibits as guest artist at SALA CITE in Valencia. RAFAEL PONS
KU PING - HSING 10, LANE 38, TAI-SUNG ST. TAIPEI. TAIWAN. REPUBLIC OF CHINA EDITA CON MOTIVO DE LA EXPOSICION DE KU PING-HSING, LA COMISION PROVINCIAL DE INFORMACION, TURISMO Y EDUCACION POPULAR-CITE, 500 EJEMPLARES. OFICINA DE INFORMACION Y TURISMO. PLAZA ALFONSO EL MAGNANIMO, 15, VALENCIA. HORAS, DE 7 A 9 TARDE. 1-15 ABRIL DE 1971. Imprenta-Editorial J. DOMENECH - Conde de Altea. 46 - VALENCIA-S
The Manifestation of a Young Chinese American Painter.
Bronx, NY 10458
In these Chinese landscape paintings by the gifted young painter, Ku Ping-Hsing, the traditional l realism of nature, of the visible world, is infused with poetic and lyrical qualities.
The authenticity of the oriental brush is apparent at once and the visual communication reveals the discipline and philosophy from which Chinese painting has evolved.
In this moment of minimal art, neo-realism, holography, conceptual art, these paintings exert a special kind of beauty.
Prof. V.T. Wetcher
Chairman, Exhibitions and Acquistions
St. John's University
GRAND CENTRAL AND UTOPIA PARKWAYS
JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11432
CENTER OF ASIAN STUDIES
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
Of all the art works of China, painting occupies the first place. A sense of life is communicated with every stroke of the brush. This is particularly true with landscape painting. It is a dynamic but extremely disciplined expression of the deepest rhythms of the universe as these are experienced in the Chinese soul. Chinese delight in landscape painting is something that has no parallel in any other tradition in the world . The Chinese experience has its deepest communion with the cosmic order in the full awesomeness of its grandeur.
A young painter who has already achieved a considerable reputation, Ku Ping-hsing, was born in Anhwei, China. After graduating from the Department of Fine ARts of the National Normal University in Taiwan, Republic of China, he went to Spain. For two years he pursued advanced studies at the College of Fine Arts of San Fernando University, Madrid, Spain. He is presently a lecturer at the College of Fine Arts of Salamanca University.
Ku is adept in landscape, flowers and at depicting portraits. His Works have appeared in several art exhibit in Europe as well as in the United States. His latest display held in De Andreis Gallery, St. John's University, New York, in July 1970, attracted wide acclaim among painters and art critics.
Paul K. T. Sih
Center of Asian Studies
St. John's University, New York
Oct. 19, 1970
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