Lee Chun-yi

1965 Kaohsiung, Taiwan


The cosmopolitan diaspora artist Lee Chun-yi (born Taiwan, 1965) moved to Hong Kong as a youth, pursued graduate studies in the United States, and returned to Taiwan to embark on an artistic career. With a revolutionary method departing from the conventional use of a paintbrush, Lee Chun-Yi employs calligraphy through the use of Chinese seals and ink rubbings. He carves Chinese characters into pieces of soft wood to form chops, then stamps them repetitively on the paper to form a semi-photographic image. Literally building up a visual composition through words, his paintings function as symbolic poems, with the strength of the stamp indicating the intended tone of expression.


Lee has participated in over 30 group and solo exhibitions internationally. His works have been collected by the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Harvard University, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Phoenix Art Museum, USA; the Jiangsu Art Museum, the Qingdao Art Museum, China; the National Arts Education Institute, Taipei; the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and other public and private collections.


1965    Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1970    Moved to Hong Kong

BA, Chinese University of Hong Kong and MFA, Tunghai University, Taiwan

PhD in Chinese art history, Arizona State University, USA

Post-doctoral fellow, Phoenix Art Museum, USA

2011-   Lecturer, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan




  • Between and Beyond the Shores: The Art of Lee Chun-yi, Mingshan Art, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Ink Re-Form: The Art of Lee Chun-yi, Mingshan Art, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Squaring Things: Ink Paintings by Lee Chun-yi, National Taiwan Arts Education Centre, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Chun-yi Lee: Hundreds of Bloom, Michael Goedhuis, London, UK


  • Whispering Pines, Soaring Mountains: Ink Paintings by Lee Chun-yi, Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, USA


  • Wordplay: Paintings by Lee Chun-yi, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong


  • The Four Seasons Paintings by Lee Chun-yi, Exhibition Galleries of Shatin and Tuen Mun Town Halls, Hong Kong


  • Crying Mountains: Paintings by Lee Chun-yi, Xi Zhi Tang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan




  • Beyond Ink: 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival Program, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • The Voice of the Brush Part 2, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong


  • Memories Interwoven and Overlapped: Post-Martial Law Era Ink Painting in Taiwan, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Corner & Field: Shenzhen Art Museum Contemporary Art Exhibition 2017, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China


  • The Literati Within, Sotheby’s Gallery, New York, USA


  • Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape, Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia, USA


  • Visions of the Present: Chinese Contemporary Ink, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong


  • Exhibition of Taiwan Artists Originally from Shandong, Shandong Museum, Jinan, China
  • Noirs d’Encre. Regards Croisés, Fondation Baur - Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient,  Geneva, Switzerland


  • Ink: The Art of China, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


  • International Ink Painting Exhibition, Chung Shan National Gallery, National Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan


  • International Paper Art Exhibition, Chung Shan National Gallery, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 7th International Ink Painting Biennale of Shenzhen, Guan Shangyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China


  • Legacy and Creations: Ink Art vs Ink Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Brush and Ink Reconsidered: Contemporary Chinese Landscapes, Arthur M Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, USA


  • Mountains of the Mind: Classic Chinese Stones as Muse for Modern and Contemporary Landscapes, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, USA
  • Beyond China: The New Ink Painting from Taiwan, Goedhuis Contemporary, London, UK


  • New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • A Tradition Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings from the Chu-tsing Li Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, USA


  • Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennial, Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chengdu, China
  • The New Face of Ink Paintings: Modern Ink Painting Group Exhibition, Central Plaza, Hong Kong

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

Arthur M Sackler Museum of Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, USA

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California, USA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China

Qingdao Art Museum, Qingdao, China

Shandong Museum, Jinan, China

National Arts Education Institute, Taipei, Taiwan

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong