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YU CHENGYAO (1898-1993)
2005 Jia Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
1996 Centre Culturel de Taiwan a Paris, France (solo)
1995 Taipei Cultural Center, New York, USA (solo)
1988 National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (solo)
1987 Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong (solo)
1986 Hsiung-shih Gallery, Taiwan (solo)
1977 Chinese Cultural Centre, New York, USA (solo)
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Yu Chengyao was born in Fujian in 1898 and served in the military throughout his adulthood. He studied at the Waseda University in Japan in 1920 and taught at the Whampoa Military Academy from 1923. He moved to Taiwan in 1949 after his retirement from the army.
Throughout his youth, Yu memorized the magnificent landscapes he saw in China and Taiwan and began to paint them only upon his retirement. His paintings express his appreciation for the motherland, the longing to return, and the reminiscence of a life that passed. Although Yu did not receive formal education in painting, he saw nature as his teacher. He believed that an artist can only capture the real proportion and distances through fully immersing oneself in nature. His seemingly chaotic brushworks may not conform to a painterly school, however they give life and energy to the landscapes he portrayed. Irrespective of his technique, Yu shows the true essence of the literati by manifesting the connection that the ancients and nature shared.