Ju Ming (Taiwanese, b.1938) was born in Maioli, Taiwan, where he studied as an apprentice under Master Chin-Chuan Lee, the Buddhist statuary craftsman, working on restorations of the Mazu temple. Ju won several awards and prizes working in the traditional Taiwanese folk art style at the Taiwan Provincial Art Exhibitions in 1966 and 1967. Shortly thereafter, he began studying under the tutelage of Taiwan’s most eminent Modernist sculptor Yuyu Yang (1926-1997). With his new mentor, Ju began working on large-scale Abstract works and exploring new materials such as copper, iron, stone, stainless steel, sponge, and ceramic. Thanks to Yuyu’s support, Ming inaugurated his first solo exhibition at the National Museum of History in Taipei, Taiwan in 1976, which was a huge success. Ju received various awards and recognitions for his talent. In 1977, the Tokyo Central Art Museum in Japan hosted Ju’s first international exhibition. Ju’s most famous body of work, the Taichi series, is inspired by his personal practice of Taichi boxing. In 2007, Ju was awarded the 18th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, following a long list of honors. A few of the institutions in which the artist has exhibited include the Hong Kong Arts Center, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and the Musée d'Art Contemporain in Paris. The artist’s work is permanently on view at The Ju Ming Museum in Chinshan in Taiwan, which houses many of his monumental sculptures.

Timeline

1938
Born in Tunghsiao, Miaoli County, Central Taiwan. The youngest of eleven children, Ju enjoyed a rural childhood, developing a deep understanding of the rhythms and cycles of nature.
1953
After finishing his elementary school education, he was apprenticed to a famous traditional wood-carver where he remained for the traditional apprenticeship period of three years and four months.
1957
Started working as a “master craftsman.”
1959
Moved back to Tunghsiao and opened his own studio with apprentices, creating a successful crafts business which left him dissatisfied. He became more artistic and tried innovative techniques.
1961
Married Chen Fu-mei, who is also from Tungshiao.
1968
After winning several awards in the prestigious Taiwan Provincial Art Exhibition, Ju felt that he could only develop further as a sculptor if he re-apprenticed himself. He put everything on hold to learn from the only teacher he wanted: Yang Yu-Yu, who himself had only just returned from a three years art scholarship in Rome. Yang agreed to take Ju as an apprentice because he was impressed by “Ju’s flowing lines through the natural grain of the wood, the form executed with such an assured gentleness and humility.” Ju spent seven years as the apprentice/friend of the older Yang.
1976
Ju took up Tai Chi on Yang’s advice to develop physical and mental discipline. He developed greatly from this practice and started thinking about sculpting works on the theme of Tai Chi, which had never been done before. Ju’s solo exhibition occurred in March at the National Museum of history in Taipei thanks to Yang Yu-yu who convinced the museum authorities to show his student’s pieces. It was highly successful and he was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Youths of 1976.
1980–1986
Ju continued to gain international acclaim and exhibited abroad. He started The Living World “family” which he continues to expand. These bright figures are made of bronze, stainless steel, painted wood and foam rubber cast bronze giving him the freedom to depict the human form in all its varieties.
1999
Grand opening of Ju Ming Fine Art Museum, Chin San.
2000
Ju Ming Fine Arts Gallery was awarded from the 14th Tokyo Overseas Award in Original Creation, Tokyo.
2003
Conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Art, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan.
2005
Executive Yuan Cultural Award, Taiwan.

Exhibitions

2012
Important Contemporary Chinese Artists, by Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2009
Ju Ming’s Living Word Series – Scientist, National Museum of Nature Science, Taiwan
2007
Living World Series – Mom, Ju Youn Sculpture Gallery, Taipei Taiwan
2007
Living World Series- Painted Wood – Monk, Kalos Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2007
Living World Series – Stone, Kalos Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2006
“Skirt Story”, Time Square, Hong Kong
2006
Tai Chi series Exhibit, Beijing
2006
Living World Series Exhibit- The Story of the Skirt at Ju Youn Sculpture Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2005
Living World Series- Troops Inspection Exhibit at Ju Ming Fine Art Museum, Chin San, Taiwan
2004
Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
2004
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2003
Berlin Exhibit, Germany
2001
Living World Series – Wait in Line Exhibit at Ju Ming Fine Art Museum, Chin San, Taiwan
2000
Asia Art Center, Taiwan
2000
Bruxelles, Belgium
1999
Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan
1998
Kalos Gallery, Taipei Taiwan
1997
Place Vendôme, Paris, France/ Hanart(Taipei) Gallery/ Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
1996
Kalos Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1995
Hanoke Open-Air Museum invited Ju Ming to exhibit his works to close the Museum’s yearlong twenty-fifth anniversary celebration.
1995
Kalos Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1993
Kalos Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1993
Mistukoshi Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
1992
NICAF YOKOHAMA ‘92’, Yokohama, Japan/ Hanart TZ Gallery Hong Kong
1992
ART ASIA- International Fine Art Expositions, Hong Kong/ Hanart TZ Gallery
1991
Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong/ Hanart TZ Gallery
1991
Hanart (Taipei) Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1991
South Bank Centre London/ Anglo Hong Kong Trust/ Hanart TZ Gallery (London was the first venue in Europe for the Tai Chi series.)
1991
Browse & Darby Gallery, London/ Hanart TZ Gallery
1991
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK / Anglo- Hong Kong Trust
1991
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store Co. Ltd, Taipei / Hanart (Taipei) Gallery
1990
Hanart (Taipei) Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1989
Phykkus Kind Gallery, New York, USA
1988
Taiwan Art Museum, Taichung, Taiwan
1988
Hanart 2 Gallery, Hong Kong
1987
A retrospective of Ju Ming’s work at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum
1986
Exchange Square, Hong Kong/ Hanart 2 Gallery
1986
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore/ Hanart 2 Gallery
1985
Spring Gallery, Taipei
1984
Ayala Museum, Manila/ Hanart 2 Gallery
1984
Birashri Institute of Modern Art, Bangkok/ Hanart 2 Gallery
1983
Max Hutchinson Galley, New York, USA
1983
HanArt Gallery, Hong Kong
1982
Spring Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1981
Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, USA
1981
National History Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1981
Spring Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1980
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
1979
Spring Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1978
Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo Japan
1977
Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo Japan
1976
National History Museum, Taipei, Taiwan