|Biography from Christie's Hong Kong:|
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Chen Qikuan was born in Beijing in 1921 and graduated from the National
Central University in 1944. He then moved to the United States, where he
worked under Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius in 1951 and served as
lecturer of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During his time in the United States, Chen held numerous exhibitions in
Boston and New York.
Chen was a renowned painter as well as architect,
and had previously worked with I. M. Pei on the design of the campus of
Tunghai University in Taipei.
Benefiting from his practice and inspiration from architecture, design,
and painting, Chen's works exude a strong sense of aesthetic through
oriental elements in buildings and craftsmanship. With an emphasis in
balance and equilibrium, he applied elegant lines and shapes to
construct his compositions. Chen's ability to connect nature and
architecture; as well as objects and landscape, result in captivating
images that provide viewers with much room for imagination.
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