Teh-Chun CHU


Teh-Chun CHU

Chu Teh Chun was born in Jiangsu Province, China. In 1935 he was admitted to Hangzhou Academic Art College where he studied in the Chinese painting under the tutorage of Pan Tianshou and Western art under Wu Dayu, both of whom are prominent artists during that time. Chu subsequently became a teacher in Nanking and then settled in Taipei.

In 1955, he moved and settled in Paris where He would quickly exhibit his works at the ‘Salon des Réalites Nouvelles’, the showcase location for abstract art which was a big success in Paris at the time. Initially drawn to the traditional style of Chinese painting and calligraphy, Chu Teh-Chun later explored the western style of painting. His art of painting has brought about new invention of writing between poetry and painting whereby he would become renown for his sublime integration of traditional Chinese paintings and western abstract art. His works open a new chapter in the area of landscape art, with his ability to portray landscapes that are mixed with subtle poetry. Nature, the oceans, the world and the cosmos all become one within his paintings with elements that overlap and metamorphose in a Chu Teh-Chun signature style. Chu creates important graphic works, drawing, ceramics, large scale paintings, diptychs, triptychs, monumental works, always inventing a personal writing style between poetry and painting. And therein lays the strength of the artist’s genius, who is now considered one of the most famous Chinese painters living in the West today, along with Zao-Wouki.

Chu has had numerous successful exhibitions worldwide with his works collected by prestigious museums and astute art connoisseurs. An entire room was dedicated to his works at the famous Sao Paulo Two-Year Celebration in 1970. In 1987, the National Museum of Taipei organized a grand retrospective of his artwork and in 1997, he is elected to the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of Paris.


Teh-chun Chu , Untitled, 1995
Teh-chun Chu , Untitled, 1998
Teh-chun Chu , Atmosphère bleue III, 1988