Crossing the Sea

Huang Junbi and Chinese Neoclassicism

Born in Hainan, China, Huang Junbi moved to Taiwan in 1949 where he became widely known as one of “The Three Masters Crossing The Sea,” along with Zhang Daqian and Pu Ru. Junbi believed in the inheritance of traditional brushwork but combined it with a more expressive style. Highly influential in the Chinese art world, he was a professor of art, chairman of the art department, and later the head of Taiwan Normal University and received first prize in Taiwan's Chinese Art and Literature Award, an honorary fellowship at the Brazilian National Academy of Fine Arts, and a Gold Medal Award from St. John's University, New York. His unique style and creativity left an indelible imprint on the development of ink painting in Taiwan and has been praised in the Western art world as Chinese Neoclassicism.