Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014) was born in Baitu, China. He graduated from National College of Art (now China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou, China in 1941 under the teachings of Lin Fengmian. Chu Teh-Chun rose to international fame after a 1964 exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. His works have since been exhibited worldwide and collected by more than 50 major museums. A selection of Chu’s most important solo exhibitions in the last decade include: Colors/Forms: Chu Teh-Chun, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2013); Chu Teh-Chun: Les chemins de l’abstraction, Pinacothèque de Paris, Paris, France (2013); Chu Teh-Chun, Retrospective, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2010); Of Snow, Gold and Sky Blue: Hand-painted Ceramics and Calligraphy by Chu Teh-Chun, Macau, China (2010); Chu Teh-Chun: De neige, d’or et d’azur, Musée Guimet, Paris, France (2009); Chu Teh-Chun: Pintura reciente, Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain (2007); Royal Ueno Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2007); Chu Teh-Chun: Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA (2006); L’Image intérieure atteint sa plénitude dans l’Abstraction, Museum of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China (2005); Chu Teh-Chun: Large Gestures (Paintings), Macau Museum of Art, Macau, China (2004); Chu Teh-Chun: Paintings, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China (2000).
In recognition of his artistic achievements, Chu was invited to become a lifelong member of l’Institute de France in February 1999, a nomination only given to the most significant living musicians, artists, architects and sculptors in France. In 2006, the European Union awarded him the European Gold Medal of Merit in Luxembourg.