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KUO Bor-jou 郭博州

Kuo Bor-jou (b.1960) is a Taiwanese painter. Kuo was graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University in 1982, then received a master degree at the faculty of Fine Arts, City University of New York in 1991. In 1989, Kuo had his first solo show “kuo bor-jou Artworks Exihibition” at American Cultural Center in Taipei.

Most of Kuo Bor-Jou artworks are created with mixed media. He adopts montage to collage the slices of life. By overlapping the various materials, he creates an aesthetic space between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional. He attempts to create a dialogue between tradition and modern, between East and West. By re-assembling and collating images of different space-time backgrounds he allows the canvas look humorous, rich in beauty of the stacked images, and filled with whimsical imagination revealing poetic imagery.

The recent works is an autobiographical proof that the artist in his fifties shows a relaxing confidence in art, with which he transforms his training in Western art into an exploration of Eastern aesthetics. Through the progress of the integration of Eastern literature, philosophy and aesthetics, the artworks' physical "momentum" and the spiritual "air" merge together and show greater "vigorousness". The works shows the artist motto: "Think big, don't sweat the small details, don't bother with the trifles unrelated to the principles, and then bring out the spirit resonance."

Kuo’s artworks was recognized in both local and international galleries and museums, his works was exhibited in over 30 solo exhibitions. Artist currently are the Dean of College of Humanilities and Arts, and the professor of Education Doctorate Programe for the Inter-disciplinary Studies of Art, Department of Art and Design in National Taipei University.


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Taipei Fine Arts Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Chi Mei Museum
Museum of Ye Joung-jia, Goethe-Institute Taipei
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Kuo mu-shin Art Foundation
Hon-JIA University, Taipei Medical University, Academia Sinica