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 Fu-sheng Ku  (1935 - )

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Lived/Active: California / China      Known for: painting, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ku, Fu-sheng (1935-)
Born in Shanghai, China in 1935, the family moved to Taiwan in 1948, where he was an original member of the Fifth Moon Group.  He subsequently moved to Paris, France, in 1961 and New York City in 1963.  After a stay in Chicago, he moved to San Francisco where he served as Art Director and Vice President of Strawberry Hill Press.

High School of the Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
National Normal University, Taipei, 1958 (B.A. Fine Arts)
L’Ecole Grande Chaumiere, Paris, 1961
Art Students’ League of New York, 1963-65 (Carstairs Scholarship)

Solo Shows:
1961  National Gallery, Taipei
1962  La Galerie Mouffe, Paris
1964  Kaymar Gallery, New York
1965  Kaymar Gallery, New York
1967  Kaymar Gallery, New York
1972  Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Group Shows:
1959  National Taiwan Arts Hall, Taipei
1960  National History Museum, Taipei
1960  Sao Paulo Sixth Biennial Show  (Awarded medal)
1962  73rd Exposition: Societe des Artistes Independants, Paris
1962  International Youth Art Exhibition, Paris
1963  Galleria San Fedele, Milan
1963  Union Culturelle de Biarritz
1964  Asia House, New York
1964  World House International, New York
1964  Poorman’s West Gallery, New York
1966  Tempo Gallery, Lennox, Massachusetts
1970  October Gallery, Chicago
1971  AAA Gallery, New York
1974  Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1976  Jenson Gallery, San Francisco
1978  Invitational Exhibit: Japanese-American Arts Show, San Francisco
1978  San Francisco Annual Arts Festival

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Work used as cover and inside illustrations for Modern Art and Modern Literature magazines, Taipei.

Work used as cover art by Fema Music Publications, Cresendo Music Sales, Co., Chicago

Designed sales catalog for Consolidated Book Co., Chicago and numerous other covers

Co-founder, Art Director, and Vice President of Strawberry Hill Press, San Francisco, 1975.  Illustrated the following books:  ­A Pleasure of Flowers, by Victoria Stanhope Roberts; The Book of Internal Exercises, by Dr. Stephen Chang; and Linda Clark’s Cookbook, by Linda Clark.

Information provided by  A. Jean Lesher, former Senior Editor of Strawberry Hill Press and colleague of KU, Fu-sheng from 1975 – 1978.  The above biographical information was on the back of a painting by KU, Fu-sheng (known as “Di-Di” to his friends) given to me in 1978.  Alongside the biographical sheet, is a photo card of his painting with the following information below the photo:

Born in Shanghai and an original member of the Fifth Moon Group in Taiwan, the artist has continued his work in Paris, New York, Chicago and now San Francisco.  KU, Fu-sheng is also Art Director of Strawberry Hill Press, San Francisco.

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