Tainan, 1959 - 2013

BuZi

BuZi, (a.k.a. Putze, real name Chen Tsung-Chen), was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1959. Influenced by his father, BuZi began practicing calligraphy in his childhood. In his lifetime he was an active member of the Danlu and Hongdaomenqiang calligraphy societies in Taiwan. Early in his career BuZi established an exhibitions team at the National Museum of History in Taipei, giving him the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into traditional culture. BuZi passed away in 2013.

BuZi practiced many different forms of calligraphy, but it was his cursive script calligraphy (caoshu) that drew the greatest accolades. When writing in his ‘wild cursive’ style (kuangcao) he used the ‘eight surfaces of the brush’ (bamianchufeng) method, with his brushtip hitting the paper with such force that it produced a startling sound as...

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Biography

BuZi, (a.k.a. Putze, real name Chen Tsung-Chen), was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1959. Influenced by his father, BuZi began practicing calligraphy in his childhood. In his lifetime he was an active member of the Danlu and Hongdaomenqiang calligraphy societies in Taiwan. Early in his career BuZi established an exhibitions team at the National Museum of History in Taipei, giving him the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into traditional culture. BuZi passed away in 2013.

BuZi practiced many different forms of calligraphy, but it was his cursive script calligraphy (caoshu) that drew the greatest accolades. When writing in his ‘wild cursive’ style (kuangcao) he used the ‘eight surfaces of the brush’ (bamianchufeng) method, with his brushtip hitting the paper with such force that it produced a startling sound as it sped across the surface, twisting and turning like a whirlwind. The strong improvisational quality of his calligraphy evinces a confidence and ease that is mesmerizing. BuZi said that ‘The heart is the final destination of the path of calligraphy. It is only when technique is unfettered and the hand and the heart are united that calligraphy can attain its fullest expression. It is only when the wisdom gained from life experience becomes the flame that fuels technique, that calligraphy can become truly autonomous, untrammeled and free.’

Artworks

3

Mango Tree Studio (芒樹屋寫照), 2012

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Calligraphy / Chinese Calligraphy / Contemporary Asian Art / Energy/Vitality / Inspired by Literature/Lecture / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / Taiwan / Word as Image

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014

    Beyond the Line.Sacred Wild Cursive — BuZi Solo Exhibition, The Vision Hill Arts Center, Tianjin, China

  • 2013

    The Art of Soul.Sacred Wild Cursive — BuZi, Author Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • The Art of Soul.Sacred Wild Cursive — BuZi, 2013 International Fair China (Tianjin Binhai) Cultural and Creative Industry, Tianjin, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    WILD NATURE: The Gestural Brush of Shen Aiqi and BuZi, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2011

    Dancing line in the air: Yu Cheng Yao, Hung Tung, Hsiao Chin, BuZi, Elisa Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2008

    Southern Travellers—Lee Yi Hong, Hsu Yu Ren, BuZi, and Wu Ji Tao Joint Exhibition, Lience Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

Grants/Awards

  • 1986

    13th Taipei Fine Arts Exhibition, First Prize

  • 1981

    22nd Japanese-Chinese Art Exhibition, Gold Medal

  • 1980

    21st Japanese-Chinese Art Exhibition, Gold Medal

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014

    Beyond the Line.Sacred Wild Cursive — BuZi Solo Exhibition, The Vision Hill Arts Center, Tianjin, China

  • 2013

    The Art of Soul.Sacred Wild Cursive — BuZi, Author Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • The Art of Soul.Sacred Wild Cursive — BuZi, 2013 International Fair China (Tianjin Binhai) Cultural and Creative Industry, Tianjin, China

  • The Magnificent World of Wild Cursive — BuZi, Elisa Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2012

    Marvelous Art Wild Cursive With Seal Script — BuZi, Solo Exhibition, Butchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

  • BuZi Wild Cursive III, Shanghai Art Fair 2012, Elisa Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • BuZi Wild Cursive II, Beijing International Art Expo, Lience Art Gallery. Tainan, Beijing, China

  • BuZi Wild Cursive I, ART SHOW BUSAN 2012, Lience Art Gallery. Tainan, Busan, South Korea

  • Marvelous Art.Sacred Wild Cursive — BuZi, Solo Exhibition, Suzhou Museum, Elisa Gallery, Tainan, Suzhou, China

  • 2010

    A Space Performance — BuZi, Solo Exhibition, Lience Art Gallery, Tainan, Taipei

  • 2009

    The Mysterious Universe — BuZi, Solo Exhibition, Butchart International Contemporary Art Space. Taipei, Taiwan

  • BuZi Cursive Script, ART TAIPEI 2009, Butchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2008

    The Flow of Universe World — BuZi, Solo Exhibition, Butchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

  • BuZi Cursive Script, ART TAIPEI 2008, Butchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

  • The Flow of the Grand River—BuZi’s Wild Scribble Spiritual Movement, Moon Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan

  • 2000

    BuZi’s Wild Scribble World, Solo Exhibition, Providence University Art Center, Taichung, Taiwan

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    WILD NATURE: The Gestural Brush of Shen Aiqi and BuZi, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2011

    Dancing line in the air: Yu Cheng Yao, Hung Tung, Hsiao Chin, BuZi, Elisa Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2008

    Southern Travellers—Lee Yi Hong, Hsu Yu Ren, BuZi, and Wu Ji Tao Joint Exhibition, Lience Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan

  • Fans Welcome the Spring, Sincewell Gallery, Tainan, Taipei

  • 2007

    Artist’s Gay and Material World—Play Moon, Moon Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan

  • Artist’s Statement of Soaring, Cloud Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

  • Wild Scribble Trends—Contemporary Cursive Deduction and Creation, Academia Sinica Gallery, Institute of History and Philosophy, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Chinese Calligraphy Biennial—TRADITION AND EXPERIMENTATION, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2006

    BuZi and Wu Ji Tao, Two Men Exhibition, Arthis Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

  • Track Dahua—Decoding New Ink Dimension, Taipei KdMoFA, Taipei, Taiwan

  • The Dialogue Between Contemporary Art and Philosophy, Taipei KdMoFA, Taipei, Taiwan

  • The Tranquillity of Zen—One Hundred Years of Development of Calligraphy in Taiwan, Shin Kong Wu Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2005

    Inaugural Exhibition—2005 Kuandu Extravaganza, Taipei KdMoFA, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2004

    The Old Awn (Miscanthus), Cicada, Long North No.9, Mayor’s Residence Arts Salon, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Calligraphy and Seal Carving, Joint Exhibition, Forestry Exhibit Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2003

    Chinese Calligraphy Biennial—TRADITION AND EXPERIMENTATION, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

  • 2001

    BuZi and Chen Yung Mo, Two Men Exhibition, David Arts Center, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Chinese Calligraphy Biennial—TRADITION AND EXPERIMENTATION, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

Grants/Awards

  • 1986

    13th Taipei Fine Arts Exhibition, First Prize

  • 1981

    22nd Japanese-Chinese Art Exhibition, Gold Medal

  • 1980

    21st Japanese-Chinese Art Exhibition, Gold Medal