Chu Teh-Chun is a French-Chinese abstract painter
Born on October 24 1920 in Hangzhou, China, he studied at the National School of Fine Arts, now known as the China Academy of Art, where he met Wu Guanzhong and Zao Wou-Ki, together known as the ‘Three Musketeers’ of modern Chinese art for their inventive and influential styles. He died on March 26 2014 in Paris at the age of 93.
In 1964, his burgeoning career was spurred by an exhibition at the Carnegie Art Museum in Pittsburgh, and in 1987 the Taipei Museum of National History held a major retrospective of Chu’s work.
In 1997, Chu Teh-Chun was elected to the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, the first French artist of Chinese origin to receive this honour.
Today, his works are on display in more than fifty museums around the world.
Chu Teh-Chun is at the origin of the integration of traditional Chinese painting techniques into Western abstract art. He gracefully pushed the limits of the real and the unreal.
A prolific artist, Chu Teh-Chun has produced more than 2500 oil paintings, works on paper, ink wash paintings, calligraphy and ceramics.