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Wu A-Sun real name: Wu Hsuan-Sunlocked

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Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1942, in Taiwan.

Painter, sculptor, ceramicist. Figures, portraits.

A-Sun Wu trained at the National Taiwan Normal University and completed his studies at the Real Academia in Madrid. He has lived in Spain, the USA, various African countries, the Amazon valley in Brazil and the South Pacific. Wu succeeded in stepping outside the conventional (and in his view over-restrictive) rules of Taiwanese artistic tradition and its confrontation with the West. His work, executed rapidly, used to feature figures touched by Expressionism, deformation and primitivist schematisation, but starting in the 1980s he undertook a series of paintings and sculptures that took his art further. Under the influence of the tribal culture of the Pacific islands, he painted figures or heads, but his palette became somewhat simpler, now consisting of white, black and red. His work, which tends towards the decorative, became increasingly imbued with a symbolic approach to the world. He took part in the 10th, 11th and 12th São Paulo Biennales (...

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