n°196/ Chih-Hung Kuo

November 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

Born in Taipei in 1982, young Chinese painter Chih-Hung Kuo crosses the tradition of Chinese ink painting and some Van Gogh’s way, adding a Japanese print naive touch to paint inner landscapes that look like outdoor ones. He rhythms mountains and meadows with intense splashes of colors, as Vermeer or Marquet could have installed some on cities and fields. In a letter to his brother in September 1888, Van Gogh said, “I don’t want to replicate what I see. I look forward to expressing myself through colors. ” That was almost one hundred years before Kuo’s birth. A still on obsession.

 Chih-Hung Kuo