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To mark the centennial birthday of acclaimed Taiwanese artist Chiang Yi-hsiung, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA) will hold a three-month special exhibition titled "The Sunday of Life.”
Born in 1914, the Chiayi native dreamt of becoming an artist since the age of 10. Although he received formal training intermittently, Chiang mostly taught himself how to paint through pure trial and error. From painting portraits on the streets to cutting paper silhouettes of passerbys, Chiang developed a unique eye for composition and details.
The artist went on to live abroad in such places as Japan and France, but he remained preoccupied with the humanitarian, social and political issues of his home country. Having endured through the era of World War II, he also endorsed some social movements, including the donation of his artworks to protesting farmers from southern Taiwan during the late 1980s.
The centennial exhibition of Chiang's works will include his successful foray into Fauvism, Cubism and Expressionism, as well as several self-developed abstract pieces. His iconic works produced in his older years, specifically a series of paintings using the clown motif, will also be displayed at the Taichung-based museum.
For more information on Chiang, the self-made painter and Taiwan's first-ever visual artist to be represented by an art gallery, please visit "The Sunday of Life” exhibition between Nov. 9 and Feb. 9, 2014.