Biography

Fong Chung Ray was born in Henan province in 1933 into a scholar's family. Following the end of World War II, Fong moved to Taiwan in 1949, and in 1958 he established the Four Seas Painting Society (四海畫會) with three other artists from the Taiwanese navy.  In 1961 Fong was invited by Liu Guosong to join the influential Fifth Moon Group (五月畫會) and exhibit his paintings. During the same period, following Liu Guosong’s advice, he gave up oil painting to return to the traditional Chinese techniques of brush and ink on paper.  Fong Chung-Ray invented a brush made out of fibers taken from the trunks of palm trees, which gave a rawer aspect to his tints of colors.  In 1971, he received the Rockefeller Foundation prize that enabled him to travel to Europe and to the United States.  Fong emigrated to California in 1975, where he has continued to be active.

Education

EDUCATION
Associate Degree, Department of Applied Arts, Fu Hsing Kang College, 1966

Associations
Co-founder, Four Seas Painting Sociaty, 1958
Fifth Moon Painting Society, 1961-1974

Awards
First Hong Kong International Salon of Paintings, Silver Medal, Hong Kong, 1960
Ten Outstanding Young Persons, Taiwan, 1969
John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellowship Grant, 1970
Lifetime Distinguished artist Achievement Award, Chinese Cuture Center, San Francisco, 2015

Public Collections

 The Ashmolean , University Of Oxford, United Kingdom
  National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  National Gallery of Arts and Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
National Taiwan Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
De Young Museum, San Francisco, United States
Denver Museum, Denver, Colorado, United States
The Rockefeller Foundation
Museum of Fine Art of San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California, United States
Baltimore Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Kaohsiung Art Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Arthur M Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Boston, United States
The Hawaii Cultural Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Kaohsiung Art Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego
M+, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Shenzhen Fine Art Research Institute, Shenzhen, China
San Francisco Arts Commission/SF Airport Museum, California, US

 

Solo Exhibtions

2018
Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

2017
The Eternal Abstract: Fong Chung Ray ”, Asia Art Center, Taipei

2015
“Fong Chung-Ray - A Retrospective”, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong          
“Fong Chungray Solo Exhibition”, Modern Art Gallery, Taichung    

2014
“Fong Chung-Ray: Between Modern and Contemporary”, Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco, San Francisco
“Fong Chungray Solo Exhibition”, Modern Art Gallery, Taichung

2011
“Fong Chung Ray Solo Exhibition”, Modern Art Gallery, Taichung

2008
“Solo Exhibition, Fong Chung-Ray Recent Paintings 1997-2008”, Modern Art Gallery, Taichung

2004
“Solo Exhibition”, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco

1992
“Solo Exhibition”, The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco

1990
“Solo Exhibition”, Carmel Gallery of Modern Art, Carmel, California

1987
“Solo Exhibition”, Landell Gallery, Carmel, California

1986
"
Solo Exhibition”, M.M. Shino Gallery, Los Angeles

1984
“Solo Exhibition”, M.M. Shino Gallery, Los Angeles

1983
“Solo Exhibition”, Gallery New World, Carmel, California

1982
“Solo Exhibition”, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco

1979
“Solo Exhibition”, M.M. Shino Gallery, Los Angeles

1978
“Solo Exhibition”, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco

1975
“Solo Exhibition”, Bank of America World Headquarters Gallery, San Francisco

1974
“Solo Exhibition”, National Museum of History, Taipei

1973
“Solo Exhibition”, Galerie Marianne Schreiber, Munich
"Solo Exhibition”, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona 
"Solo Exhibition”, Lee Nordness Gallery, New York
"Solo Exhibition”, San Diego Art Museum, San Diego
"Solo Exhibition”, American Culture Center, Hong Kong      

1972
“Solo Exhibition”, Downtown Gallery, Honolulu
 “Solo Exhibition”, San Diego Art Museum, San Diego, California, USA
 “Solo Exhibition”, Lee Nordness Gallery, New York, USA

1971
Lenox Library, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA

1970
“Solo Exhibition”, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

1968
“Solo Exhibition”, Magic Touch Gallery, Taipei

1967
“Solo Exhibition”, Hai-Tien Art Gallery, Taipei

1965
“Solo Exhibition”, National Taiwan Art Center, Taipei

Group Exhibtions

2018
"Beyond Ink", China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

2017
"From China to Taiwan - The Pioneers of Abstraction" Musee Díxelles, Brussels, Belgium
"Beyond the Brush: Abstract Ink Paintings since 1960" Ashmolean, Oxford, United Kingdom
"The Influence Of Abstraction – The Fifth Moon Group" Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

2016
The 9th International Biennale of Ink Painting, Shenzhen, China
"The Fifth Moon Group"Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
"1960 The Origin of Taiwan’s Modern Art”, Asia Art Center, Taipei
“Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area”, organized by The Contempor’ati, Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco

2013
“The Moment for Ink”, San Francisco State University Gallery, San Francisco

2012
“International Ink Exhibition”, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei

2011
“45th Anniversary Exhibition”, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco

2010
“One Hundred Painting in One Hundred Years”, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei

2009
“Joint Exhibition with Richard Wilson”, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco

2008 
“One Hundred Years of Chinese Art”, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco

2007
“The New Face of Water-Ink Painting, Modern Ink Painting Group Exhibition and Symposium”, Olympia City, Hong Kong
50th Anniversary Four Seas Painting Society, Taiwan
"Ten Outstanding Young Award-Winning Artists Reunion Exhibition", touring Taiwan
“Animal Painting”, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco
“Modern Water-Ink Painting Biannual Exhibition”, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei

2006
"Modern Ink Paintings", Biannual Exhibition, selected cities, Taiwan

2003
“The Experimental Sixties: Avant-Garde Art in Taiwan”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei

2002                                                                                                                                        “Contemporary Chinese Abstract Artists’ Exhibition”, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou

2001
“Chinese International Abstract Painting Exhibition”, Artist Commune, Hong Kong

1998-2004
"International Water-Ink Painting", Biannual Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

1997
“Beyond Abstract”, Gallery On The Rim, San Francisco

1991                                                                                                                                                        “Tong-Fang Art Association and Fifth Moon Group 35th Anniversary Exhibition”, Taipei

1987
“Derivations, Five Chinese American Artists”, Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica “Group Exhibitions of Chinese Artists in American and Europe”, National Taiwan Normal University Fine Arts, Taipei

1986
“Contemporary Chinese Painting Exhibition”, City Hall, Hong Kong

1985
“International Ink Painting Exhibition”, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei

1984-1985
“Associated Art Show of Six Artists from Taiwan”, touring China: National Art Museum, Beijing; Artists' Association Gallery, Xian; Shanghai Art Museum; and Sichuan Art Museum, Chendu

1984
“Overseas Chinese Artists Exhibition”, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei

1983
Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1978
“Frontrunners in Modern Chinese Paintings”, State University of New York, New York

1976
“Frontrunners in Modern Chinese Paintings”, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco; Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz

1975
"Inaugural Exhibition of the Heinz Galleries Museum of Art", Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, USA

1974
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei; The Art Club of Chicago, Chicago

1973
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

1972
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei

1971
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Academy of Art, Honolulu; Taft Museum, Cincinnati; Taipei

1970
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“Modern Chinese Water-Ink Paintings”, Taipei
“New Directions in Chinese Painting”, sponsored by the University of Kansas Art Department, Lawrence, Kansas

1969
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“Chinese Avant-Garde Art Exhibition”, Taipei
“New Acquisitions in the Avery Brundage Collection”, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco
“The International Society of Plastic and Audio-Visual Art Exhibition”, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, Kyoto
The 10th Biennial de São Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil

1968
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“Trends in 20th Century Chinese Painting”, Stanford University Museum, Stanford

1967
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei; Lee Nordness Galleries, New York; Mori Gallery, Chicago; University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Solidaridad Gallery, Manila
“Chinese Modern Painting Exhibition”, Sally Jackson Gallery, Hong Kong; Taichung City Library, Taichung
"New Voice from China", touring university museums in the USA

1966
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“The New Chinese Landscape”, Stanford University Museum, Stanford
“Chinese Modern Painting Exhibition”, Gallery of Oklahoma University, Oklahoma; Gallery of Wisconsin University, Wisconsin

1965
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“Chinese Modern Painting Exhibition”, Galleria del Palazzo delle Esponsizioni, Rome 
“First International Peace Art Exhibition”, Florence
"Exhibition of Paintings by Asia's Leading Artists", 10 cities in Asia

1964
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Canberra University, Canberra; Taipei; Sydney “Touring Exhibition of Modern Chinese Painting”, 14 countries in Africa

1963
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“Biennale de Sao Paolo”, Sao Paulo
“Third Premiere Biennale de Paris”, Paris
“Exhibition of Avant-garde Chinese Contemporary Art”, Sydney “Taiwan Modern Art Exhibition”, Hong Kong

1962
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“Chinese Modern Painting Exhibition”, National Museum of History, Taipei “Second Hong Kong International Salon of Paintings”, Hong Kong

1961
“Fifth Moon Group Exhibition”, Taipei
“Four Seas Art Exhibition”, Taipei
“Objective Painting Exhibition by Abstract Painters”, Taipei

1960
“Four Seas Art Exhibition”, Taipei

1959
“Four Seas Art Exhibition”, Taipei                                                                                 “Biennale de Sao Paolo”, Sao Paulo

1958
“Four Seas Art Exhibition”, Taipei

1957
“Fourth National Art Exhibition”, Taipei