An abstract artist since the 1960s, Fong Chung-Ray is considered to be one of the major Chinese avant-garde artists. Initially, his work focused on abstract landscapes, but he gradually moved away from this movement when he turned to Buddhist spirituality. By going beyond the formal representation of nature, Fong Chung-Ray has revived the spiritual essence that emanates from the paintings by the great old masters and invites the viewer to contemplate.
Born in 1934 in China, Fong Chung-Ray was obliged to leave his family at a very young age and go into exile, due to the Chinese Civil War. The worsening political situation obliged him to leave China and he moved to Taiwan in 1949. His passion for art and inquiring mind led him to take an interest in Western art, which he discovered through reading journals and books in the American Library in Taipei.
In 1957, he founded the Four Seas Artists Association. During this period, he experimented with abstraction and used new Western techniques, such as painting with oils on canvas. In 1961, he became a member of the Wuyue Group (Fifth Moon Group) and participated in many exhibitions.
In 1971, he was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation grant that enabled him to travel to Europe and the United States.
When he settled in San Francisco, in 1975, he began to work with acrylic paints.
2019 – Fong Chung-Ray. Wakes of time, Vazieux Art Gallery, Paris, France
2018 – Hong Kong Art Week 2018, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong
-Fong Chung-Ray – Enlightenment: 199 8-2018, Galerie du Monde, Hong-Kong
2017 – The Eternal Abstract : Fong Chung-Ray solo exhibition,, Asia Art Center, Taipei
2015 – Fong Chung-Ray – A Retrospective, Galerie du Monde, Hong-Kong
2014 – Fong Chung-Ray – Between Modern and Contemporary, Chinese Cultural Foundation
– Solo Exhibition, Modern Art Gallery, Taiwan
2011 – Solo Exhibition, Modern Art Gallery, Taiwan
2008 – Fong Chung-Ray, Recent paintings, 1997-2008, Modern Art Gallery, Taiwan
2004 – Solo Exhibition, Triangle Gallery, San Francisco
1997 – Beyond abstract, On The Rim, Gallery San Francisco
1992 – Solo Exhibition, Allrich Gallery, San Francisco
1990 – Solo Exhibition, Art Modern Gallery, Carmel, Californie
1987 – Solo Exhibition, Landell Gallery, Carmel, Californie
1983 – Solo Exhibition, New World Gallery, Carmel, Californie
1979-83-86 – Solo Exhibition, M.M Shinno Gallery, Los Angeles
1978-82 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, Marianne Schreibern Gallery, Munich, Germany
– Solo Exhibition, Fine Arts Commissions, Scottsdale, Arizona
1972 – Solo Exhibition, Downtown Gallery, Honolulu
– Solo Exhibition, Lee Nordness Gallery, New-York
– Solo Exhibition, San Diego Museum, California
1971 – John D. Rockefeller III Fondation’s award
1970 – Solo Exhibition, Yu Fong, Gallery San Francisco
1968 – Solo Exhibition, Magic Touch Gallery , Taipei
1967 – Solo Exhibition, Hai-Tien Art Gallery, Taipei
1965 – Solo Exhibition, The National Taiwan Art Museum, Taipei
1964 – Solo Exhibition, National Taiwan Art Center, Taipei
National Gallery of Art and Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
National Taiwan Arts Center, Taipei, Taiwan
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
The Rockefeller Foundation
Hawaii Cultural Foundation, Honolulu, U.S.A.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Kaohsiung Art Museum, Taiwan
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, China
M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
San Francisco International Airport Museum, U.S.A.
Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), U.S.A.