Chinese artists by Michel Nau - Ko Si-Chi

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Ko Si-Chi

 
 

 
     

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Ko Si-Chi 
  pinyin Ke Xijie
 

1929

Ko Si-Chi was born on August 10, in a family of ten children. He is the 8th. 

   

1941

After the reversal of his father's fortune, merchant in Tainan and the death of his mother,

 

his brother Ko Sicheng, took charge of his education and introduced him to English, 

 

music, and literature.

 

He entered the Higher School of Mechanics in Kaoshiung. 

   

1947

After graduating, he worked in the chemical company Alcali and discovered photography

 

thanks to the Japanese director who offered him a camera. He then devoted himself

 

to his new passion. 

   

1959

As he won three prizes in competitions offered by the brands Sakura, Fuji and Mitsubishi-

 

Gekko, he decided to go to Japan to study at the College of Photography in Tokyo.

 

 

 

For two years, he studied new technological processes and discovered the great names

 

of Western Photography in the galleries of Tokyo, with the director Koen Shigemoni

 

with whom he got close to.

   

1962

Graduated from this prestigious photography school, he returned to Taiwan and went

 

to Kaohsiung in a collective exhibition where he showed his work. Noticed, the gallery

 

Shin-Sheng Daily News offered him his first solo exhibition..

   

1963

The major exhibition in April, at the National Museum of Art of Taipei is a success.

 

He became the current photographer of the advertising agency Kuhua Advertising Company.

 

At the same time, he photographed the company of Alvin Ailey dancers during their

 

rehearsals.

   

1967

He moved to the United States, in New York.New York.

 

Presentation of his work at the Kennedy Memorial Hall in Hawaii and the following year

 

at the City Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

   

1971

He opened his own studio in the Union Square neighborhood and works with advertising

 

and fashion agencies, or with the magazines Cosmopolitan, Essence, House Beautiful,  and Harper's Bazar. 

   

1979

He abandoned everything and had left six months, towards the Mediterranean shores

 

and North Africa. 

 

He came back with a lot of pictures that reflect his personal style.    

   

1980

Back in Taiwan, the American Cultural Center devoted an exhibition to him.

 

His work highlighted by the process of Dye Transfer was very appreciated..

   

1985

After his marriage to the dancer and choreographer Jessie Fan, the couple traveled

 

to China several times and moved to New York, to allow the dancer to undergo training

 

and acquire an original choreographic expression.

   

1990

The Contemporary Art Gallery and the Taipei Museum of Fine Arts presented a major

 

retrospective of the artist's work.   

   

1993

The couple returned to Taiwan and found in Taipei, the Ko and Dancers troupe :

 

Ko and Dancers.

   

2001

Ko Si-Chi set up his workshop in the north of Taiwan, on the hillsides of Tamshui.

 

He realized Home Town Native People, his long series of portraits of Taiwanese.

   

2005

The publishing house Cercle d'Art decided to gather the photographs of his travels

 

in the United States, Mainland China, African deserts and Mediterranean shores.

   

2006

He was awarded with the National Prize for the Arts.

   
 

Danièle Sicard


 
 

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Solo exhibitions  
selection

 
       
    Taiwan  

1963

 

National Gallery of Arts

Artists in the Performing Arts- Artists in

    Taipei

Their Works - New Landscapes",

       
    Taiwan  

1965

 

National Gallery of Arts

the conductor Helen Quack
    Taipei  
       
    Taiwan  

1967

  Wexing Art Gallery

The Artists in Their Performances

 

  Taipei  

 

     

 

  Hawai  

1968

  Kennedy Memorial Hall Al Huang and Alvin Ailey Modern
    Hawai Dancers
       
    United States  

1990

 

Visual Art Center of Eastman Kodak Dye Transfered printings
    New York  
       

 

 

Taiwan  

1990

 

Museum of Fine Arts  

 

 

Taipei  
       

 

 

Taiwan  

1990

 

Gallery of Art African subjects

 

 

Taipei  
       

 

 

Germany  

1991

 

Fair od Bale  

 

 

Bâle  
       

 

 

United States  

1994

 

Hammer Gallery  

 

 

New York  
       

 

 

United States  

1994

 

Walter Wickiser Gallery

Today's Taiwan

 

 

New York  

 

 

   

 

 

United States  

2004

 

Cultural Chinese Centre

Taiwan on My Mind",

 

  Houston  
       

 

  Taiwan  

2012

  Museum of Fine Arts rétospective

 

  Kaohsiung  

 

     

 

  Taïlande  

2015

11.09 18.10 Adler Subhashok Gallery Wu Jin
    Bangkok  
       

 

     
       

© Ko Si-Chi

       
       

 

 


Collective exhibitions  
selection

 
       
    United States  

1989

  San Diego Design Center  

 

  San Diego  

 

     

 

  United States  

1996

  Lizan Top Gallery Color photography Masters

 

  New York  

 

     

 

  Etats Unis  

2001

  Edward Carter Gallery The Dalai Lama and Tibet

 

  New York  
       

 

 

 

© Ko Si-Chi

 
 
 
 

   

Nan Gallery  Taipei         

www.nan.com.tw

   


 
 

© Ko Si-Chi

 

 

© Ko Si-Chi

 

KO SI-CHI  

Cercle d'Art

 

Hervé Le Goff

2005

 

text  Hervé Le Goff  préface  Gao Xingjian

 
  in french

 

 

29,5 cm x 25 cm

 
 

112 p

 
 

isbn  2 7022 0706 5

 
     
     
     
       
       
       

© Ko Si-Chi

 

KO SI-CHI  柯錫杰  印象未曾見

Locus Publishing  

 

in chinese in english

2012

  232 p  
 

isbn  9789862133972

 
     
     
     
     
       
       
       
       
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