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Tseng Yuho

1925 Beijing, China
1925: Beijing, China
1949-current: Honolulu, USA
1942: BA, Art and Art History, Catholic (Furen) University in Beijing
1966: MA, Asian Studies, University of Hawaii
1972: PhD, Far Eastern Art History, New York University
Selected Work:
Chinese Landscape Scroll. Chinese ink on paper, 63 x 23 ¼ in.
Up to the Summit, 1962. Watercolor and handmade paper collage, 24 x 24 in.
Reaping the Storm, 1963. Watercolor and handmade paper collage, 30 x 22 in.
Artist Bibliography:
Yuho, Tseng and Howard A. Link. The Art of Tseng Yuho. Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1987.
Barnhart, Richard M. Dsui Hua: Tseng Yuho, Hong Kong: Hanart T Z Gallery, 1992.
Zeng, Youhe. Some Contemporary Elements in Classical Chinese Art. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press,1963.
Wechsler, Jeffrey. Asian Traditions, Modern Expressions: Asian American artists and abstraction, 1945-1970. New York: H.N. Abrams in association with the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1997.
Tseng Yuho was inspired by Western art influences to add new dimension to her artistic style, but her ultimate inspiration has always been traditional Chinese painting. Born in Beijing to a literati family, she learned the art of calligraphy at an early age. Her early works reveal her traditional calligraphic education, showing skill with ink and brush. When she moved to Hawaii, however, she was introduced to the Western Abstraction movement. Using these newly-learned aesthetics, she developed a style she called hsui hua, combining abstract compositions with customary Chinese methods of mounting scrolls. Tseng utilizes gold and silver leaf in these hsui collages along with calligraphic strokes of ink to represent depth and landscape. In addition to being an artist, Tseng also taught as a professor at the University of Hawai’i until her retirement in 1986. Throughout her career she has organized many exhibitions and has written many books introducing Chinese art to Western audiences.
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