Yao Jui-Chung was born in Taipei in 1969 and graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He is an internationally acclaimed artist who has exhibited worldwide and represented Taiwan at the Venice Biennale in 1997. His work is present in numerous prestigious museums such as the National Museum of Taiwan, the MOMA Contemporary in Japan and the Art Museum of Seoul, among others.
Mostly renowned for his striking and vibrant landscapes created with ink, pen, and gold leaf on paper, Yao Jui-Chung combines elements of the Chinese landscape painting tradition, Shan Shui, with a modern and fresh energy, often inserting witty daily details.
“My landscape paintings are a pseudo-response to genuine spirituality set within an appreciation and respect of nature. This is a Taoist concept entrenched in Chinese culture: literati artists capture their adoration of nature in Shan Shui paintings.”
In his artistic research Yao Jui-Chung explores a wide range of media including ink on paper, photography, sculpture, installation, video and performance. The subjects of his artistic repertoire are also varied, although they all engage with the absurdity of the human condition.
Yao Jui-Chung is also an art critic, historian and curator who has been deeply committed to fostering contemporary Taiwanese art both in Taiwan and abroad.