Liu Mingwu (1949-)
Liu Mingwu has been found great talent in arts since his childhood. He was able to draw without teacher’s instruction and won the first place in art contest when he studied in primary school at the age of six. In terms of art crafts, and wooden and stone sculptures, he has shown more outstanding ability than any other. He had taken apart of part of a house and a pig barn, and used the material to build a little house under a big tree outdoors.
Out of his great passion for arts, Liu Mingwu leamnt the world most difficult realm of art, Taiwan’s classic temple architecture. He became a student of the renowned master of temple building in Taiwan, Lin Wenhsien. He firstly learnt for the master’s son, Lin Dengchuan of “cut-and-paste art”.
Liu Mingwu met his wife, a daughter of a Christian family, in 1977. This has great influence on the rest of his life. He then has become an elder in the church and been invited to preach all year round because of his eloquence. In 1982, Liu Mingwu developed the Jiao Zhi pottery of temples to be art works. An incident happened when he exported them from Keelung Customs which caught media’s attention. The Customs withheld those he was going to export and accused him of trafficking national treasure. His works were then sent to National Palace Museum and they were identified as very important national treasure which should be prohibited exporting. Liu Mingwu had been very sincere as a Christian and ignored any attack or scolding. He neither fought back nor attack but praised his counterpart as his response. Finally, these organizations realized the fact and admired his tolerance, and gave him the title of ‘Living National Treasure” as the happy ending.
A blessing came in disguise. Liu Mingwu became more well-known because of this incident but he then encouraged himself to study harder. He travelled around the world with the supports from the church and has been even more cultivated in twenty years. He started trying to create. Firstly, he broke through the set pattern of art crafts and improved the traditional Jiao Zhi pottery to high-temperature jewel pottery, which earns him much positive response and acclaim. He has held many huge exhibitions in Taiwan’s museums, cultural centers, and Taipei City Art Museum. Many countries also invited him to preach along with exhibiting his works. These all keep earning him very good reputation. The President of Argentina praised him as “Eastern Michelangelo” and gave him an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Philosophy of Arts. He is also given the title of Mr. Formosa by the media of the U.S.
|1949||Born in Yong Jing the hometo own of flower, in Changhua County, Taiwan.|
|1964||Started learning from a great master Lin Wen-Hsien about art of temple architecture.|
|1965||Started to make Jiao Zhi pottery.|
|1976||Won the first the place in Taiwan’s National Classic Art Design for Architecture Contest and was listed in the top ten Taiwan’s temple architects.|
|1977||Moved to Hualien and received baptism to become a Christian and is now an elder in the
|1980||Works were recognized as national treasure and withheld at Taoyuan Intemational Airport to
refrain them from exporting.
|1982||Works were withheld by Customs in Keelung and he was accused of trafficking national
|1982||His works were identified by National Palace Museum as national important pieces of
national treasure level.
|1982||He has been titled ‘Living National Treasure” since then.|
|1983||Held a huge exhibition of Jiao Zhi Pottery at Taiwan Museum.|
|1983||He was invited by Taiwan Normal University to give lectures in the seminar for nationwide
art teachers in Taiwan.
|1984||Vice president, Hsich Tongmin lead a visit of government officials to him and praise him as
“National Treasure of Man’s World”
|1987||Tour exhibitions at nationwide Cultural Centers in Taiwan.|
|1989||Master Shi Cheng Yen visited Liu Mingwu in person with several hundred disciples of Tzu
|1990||Special exhibition at Taipei City Art Museum|
|1992||Taiwan’s Icader and his first lady visited Liu in person and awarded him an inscribed board
of “Living National Treasure”.
|1993||Was invited to preach in Brazil and Paraguay, and held a special exhibition in St. Paul.|
|1994||A special exhibition at the capital cathedral in Argentina He was invited to see president
of Argentina and given the title of “Eastem Michelangelo”.
|1995||Announced the suc ccess of production of jewel glaze at Taipei International Exhibition of
Ceramics and changed the name of works to “Jewel Pottery”.
|1996||Invited by University of California to give a speech of the art of making jewel pottery.
Oversea media gave him a title of Mr. Formosa.
|1999||Completed Taiwan’s first masterpiece of Nine-dragon-wall of jewel pottery.|
|2001||Started to study on jewel glaze of oil painting on pottery.|
|2005||Went to give speeches in American churches and his works were collected by.|
|2006||Succeeded in making ‘pottery painting and started to stay in exclusion for creating.|
|2007||Invited to exhibit at Liu Hai Su Art Museum in Shanghai.|
|2007||Invited to have a huge exhibition at China Art Museum in Beijing.|
|2009||Taiwan’s most beautiful private “Liu MIngwu Art Museum” is established.|
|2010||Invited by 2010 Universal Exposition to hold massive individual exhibition at Shanghai Art
|2011||Served as General Assessment Chief of Miss Taiwan in Miss Universe selection.|
|2012||Represented Taiwan to participate in China-Japan-Korea Culture Ministers’Meeting,in Meeting of
Ministers of Culture of the SCO Member States.
|2013||Concentrated on extracting gem glaze materials,stock enough for creation of two decades.|
|2014||Decided to burn gem glaze secret books,making pottery paintings become peerless overweening.|
|2015||Conducted a unique pioncering work in the whole world,compiling and publishing an exclusively
dedicated hardcover picture album for each piece of works.
|2017||The bid to host the United Nations Renaissance Foundation,the success of the operation,welcomed
the world to join the festivities.
|2020||Recognized as the Chinese World Painting Saint by a Non-Government Oraanization of the United Nations.|
Lying asleep on a cozy chair in the aftemoon in late
autumn with mild sunshinc illuminating slantwisc
across the table.
The memory of decadcs cmerging in mind over tea.
Life, passion and poems are building up in silence.
The greatness of mother is similar to lake; it is gentle and beautiful in tranquility,
her moisture provides vitality to all beings and her tolerance is without is without constraint.
We used to be poor family and we had nothing in such humble house.
However I was fortunately to have a kind and lovely mother who loves her
children with her own life and she never r raised her vo volume to scold the children.
Water used to leak from our broken hut during rain season, the sun shun
h the holes les,forming oval circles of lights that looked like duck eggs. When
even it rained, Mother would ask us to get wok or metal cans to catch the watcr. Even
under such dilemma, my y mother still smiled and told us: “Don’t be depressed, child.
Our house is very special because the rain drops give us sunny duck Cgg.”
Beloved mother, you have sacrificed yourself to nurture our life.
Our family of Liu is able to cxpand our generati tion and we shall always keep you in mind.
I love you. Mother
The Past in Kyoto
Remembering past memories
Recalling a rainbow over clouds
I never cared what was in fashion or what people pursued,
as it is only a passing trend. Inspiring artistic creation should
make people muse by demonstrating touching Beauty.
Either an aboriginal tattoo or an artistic painting should
express nothing other than pleasure and joy.
The earliest of the Koji pottery (created in 1977), the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl
In 1982, the work was detained at Keelung Cuastoms along with the same batch of works,
and charged with theft of national treasures, shocking the world.
In the end, the work was identified by the National
Palace Museum as nati tional cu ultural treasure assets.
Koji pottery is a kind of modeling clay made in low temperature with sintering temperature
of 78o degrees
When this work was created, Liu, Ming-Wu was only in his twenties. At that time,
Koji pottery must imitate the ancient times as they were ordered by antique dealers
Life Is Like a Show
Life is like a show, show is like life. No matter you came from
which rank such as emperor, king, duke, marquis, general, minister,
earl, viscount, baron, rich people, noble people, ordinary people,
mediocre people, pauper people, poor people, or humble people, in
lifetime you always play a role of Sheng, Dan, Jing, Mo, or Chou,
and you can not decide it at all, so what to care? Why to care?
It is heard that the Creator has his arrangement, and whatever the
role you play, in his script you are the protagonist.
San Francisco Bay
(Cameo painting from the early transition stage)
In 1991, the European and American Art Society told me that your pottery
is beautiful, but retains a strong craft component. If you improve from
the aspect of painting, you can reach the highest level of art in the world.
Later, I spent more than ten years studying, even almost bankrupt. Finally,
with the help of a number of scientists, it was sintered successfully.
This work is a cameo painting in the process of transforming a stereoscopic
surface into a flat one.
Misty River of Love
The meaning of looking at a painting can not only make beauty tangible
but also create a magic ambiance in one mind.
Foggy riverbanks at night are as beautiful as a poem including a
mystery beyond description.
I am a poet admiring truth, goodness and beauty.
I wish you a more virile life and that your desire lasts forever with this
The Fragile Craft Has Already Passed Countless Mountains
My glazes were extracted from gem mines, and the secretformula of gem glazes is a result of painstaking R&D andtest through nineteen generations of founders.
And the texture and quality of the pottery painting burnedout with gem glazes is never the same as a general painting.If viewing with an illuminated high-expansion magnifying glass, it will bring you into another universe to feel the sorich colorful world, and the beauty of that realm is hard to imagine unless witnessed.
Having painstakingly worked for fifty years, this is Liu Ming-Wu’s latest creation. The world’s most popular arts can be divided into two categories,one is Western oil painting, the other is Oriental pottery art; Liu Ming-Wu has integrated the two as one, that is, the pottery painting baked through using gem glaze, it neither belongs to oil painting nor pottery art.