Liu Kuo-Sung is widely regarded as one of earliest and most important advocates and practitioners of modernist Chinese painting. As the founder of Taiwan’s Fifth Moon Group in 1956, he sought a new approach to art, which was inspired by both traditional Chinese painting as well as modern styles and techniques such as Abstract Expressionism, becoming the most influential artist and promoter of the Fifth Moon. By the mid-1960s, Liu gradually developed his own pictorial formulae. He is recognized as one of the most important contemporary ink artists and educators.
He was awarded a John D. Rockefeller III Foundation grant in 1966, and in 1968 named one of Taiwan’s “Ten Outstanding Young Men”. In 2016, he was the first Chinese painter to be elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his contribution to the art world and is acclaimed as “The Father of Contemporary Ink Painting”. His works are widely collected by over 80 museums globally, including the Palace Museum, Beijing, the British Museum, London, the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and M+, Hong Kong.