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Ju Ming

b.1938

Born in Miaoli, Taiwan, Ju Ming began his sculptural career as a woodcarver under the apprenticeship of Buddhist statuary craftsman Lee Chin-chuan. From 1953 to 1957, he assisted the master carver with the restoration of the Mazu temple. After completing his apprenticeship, Ju Ming established his own studio and began a thriving business creating traditional folk art.

It was at this time that Ju Ming began experimenting with contemporary subject matter in his personal work. After winning prizes with his everyday scenes in the 1966 and 1967 Taiwan Art Exhibitions, he sought out a "new master" with the hopes of elevating his craft into an art form. At the age of thirty he began to apprentice under Yuyu Yang, Taiwan's pre-eminent modern sculptor.

In 1976, Ju Ming took up the practice of Taichi to develop physical and mental discipline. He subsequently began sculpting works on the theme of Taichi, the first artist to do so. These works convey dynamic movement and rugged carving combined with a feeling of calm strength and stability. His sculptures are in public and private collections in Asia, Europe and North America. International acclaim has led to many prizes, including the 18th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007.

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