Exhibition Period
02 Aug 2008 - 24 Aug 2008
Opening Hours
8 Aug 2008

Fu-sheng KU

Fu-sheng KU was born in Shanghai in 1934 and came to Taiwan when his father General KU Chu-tung brought the entire family over with the Nationalist Army in 1948. Like many other artists, KU took to drawing at a young age. When graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Taiwan Normal University, he had already participated in the exhibitions of Fifth Moon Group, becoming one of the key figures promoting modern art in Taiwan. Kenneth Hsien-yung PAI, prominent writer and a close friend, remarks that art is a passionate and persistent pursuit for KU. "If everyone must choose a way of life, painting is my whole life—my thoughts are in my work, and so are my feelings and every detail of my existence." KU faces his art with utmost honesty. Indifferent to trends in art, he prefers to indulge himself in the subconscious world between reality and fiction, allowing his fantasies and dreams to flow spontaneously. Naturally inspired by anything or any situation, his creations spring from his inner sense; time, place, material, color, and lines can all be used as vehicles for expression. KU readily twists his media in rich and diverse ways, gracing his works with whimsical and unconstrained fun and beauty.

Exploring the meaning of life, KU's creation centers around "man" as a vital subject, so that his oeuvre can be associated with modernist and existentialist philosophy. As curator Chia Chi Jason WANG once commented, "Fu-sheng KU's creative enlightenment began with the individual's 'body' and he strives to capture the 'present.' Depictions of distortion and deformation are commonly found in his art." Many of KU's human bodies are deformed and elongated, a style that is unique and impressive even today for its visual convulsion and emotional infectiousness. Fu-sheng KU says, "I paint man's inner self as well as his feelings towards the outer world; man's relationship with man, or man's relationship with his surrounding environment and nature. Life is a riddle and a dream. Life is fragile." The complexity of human nature, interpersonal parting, the mysteriousness and desires of the body, and the dream and reality of life... these are the ideas that pervade his art. KU's works exude a rich literary quality, constantly reflecting on the issues of human existence and infused with intense feelings and drama.

Fu-sheng KU's art can be roughly classified into different periods based on the cities he has lived in: Taipei period (1957-1961), Paris period (1961-1962), New York period (1963-1974), San Francisco period (1974-1990), Portland period (1990-2002), Chicago period (2002-2008), and Los Angeles period (2008-Present). In early works, headless bodies are enveloped in infinite solitude and bitterness. In works of the middle years are his contemplations of life and death as well as the juxtaposition of illusion and reality. The recent works now witness his liberation from all worldly restraints and sing praises of life with melodies from a blooming sanctuary. Fu-sheng KU's creative career illustrates a sincere artist's profound fascination in man, living and life in all its endearments. 


Born in Shanghai, China


Moved to Taipei, Taiwan


BFA., Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei,




Joined the Fifth Moon Group


Moved to Paris, France


Moved to New York, USA


Studied at Art Students League of New York, USA


Moved to Chicago, USA


Moved back to New York, USA


Moved to San Francisco, USA


Moved to Portland, USA


Moved to Chicago, USA


Moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA


Died in Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA





“It’s a Beautiful Life : A Memorial Retrospective of Fu-sheng KU’s work,  


ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


“Life is Like A Dream: Ku Fu-Sheng Retrospective Exhibition”, Chinese


American Arts Council Gallery 456, New York, USA


“Song of Myself: Selected Works of Fu-sheng KU 1960-2015”,


ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


Moon 12 Art, Taipei, Taiwan


ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


BML Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


“The Floating of Being: The Retrospective of Ku Fu-sheng, 1959-1996”,


Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA


Crown Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan


Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA


Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA


Yung Han Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


Galleria Mavrikas, San Francisco, USA


The Asia Foundation, San Francisco, USA


“20-Year Retrospective”, Apollo Art Gallery; Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei,




Sather Gate Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, USA


Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, USA


Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA


Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA


Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA


La Galerie Mouffe, Paris, France


Taiwan Shin Sheng News Daily Press News Building, Taipei, Taiwan







“Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now”,


Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.


“An Ode to Thirty”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


“The Experimental Sixties: Avant-Garde Art in Taiwan”, Taipei Fine Arts


Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA


ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan


“Taiwan Art (1945-1993)”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA


“Fifth Moon Retrospective”, Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan


National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan


“A Retrospective Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art”, Taipei Fine Arts


Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


“New Art in the West”, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, USA


“Japanese-American Arts Show”, San Francisco, USA


Jenson Gallery, San Francisco, USA


Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, USA


AAA Gallery, New York, USA


October Gallery, Chicago, USA


Tempo Gallery, Lenox, USA


Poorman’s West Gallery, New York, USA


World House International, New York, USA


Asia House, New York, USA


Union Culturelle de Biarritz, Paris, France


Galleria San Fedele, Milan, Italy


“International Youth Art Exhibition”, Paris, France


“73rd Exposition of Société des Artistes Indépendants”, Grand Palais, Paris,




La Galeria Mouffe, Paris, France


National Gallery, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan


“5th Exhibition of Fifth Moon Group”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press


News Building, Taipei, Taiwan


“6th Sao Paulo Biennial”, Sao Paulo, Brazil


“4th Fifth Moon Exhibition”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News


Building, Taipei, Taiwan


“Modern Oil Painting”, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan


“3rd Fifth Moon Exhibition”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News


Building, Taipei, Taiwan


“2nd Fifth Moon Exhibition”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News


Building, Taipei, Taiwan







Honorable Mention, 6th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Elizabeth Carstairs Scholarship, Art Students League, New York, USA





Public Collections

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, USA

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Fu-Sheng Ku 2008

Author / Fu-sheng KU
  • Language
  • Price NT$680
  • PublisherThe Eslite
  • Size26.5x21.2 cm
  • Publication Date2008/08
  • ISBN9789868457300
Fu-Sheng Ku 2008

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