Huang Tu-Shui (1895-1930) was the most renowned person in the New Art Movement in Taiwan. During his brief life of 36 years he had a great influence on the island’s modern art scene. Huang Tu-Shui graduated from Taipei Mandarin School (now National Taipei University of Education). Very soon his outstanding talent in art was noticed and a government officer recommended him to enroll at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now Tokyo University of the Arts) to pursue advanced studies. Huang was one of the few Taiwanese students who went to Japan to acquire education.
In 1920, Huang graduated from the Department of Woodcarving at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. His sculpture Fan Tong was selected for the Imperial Art Exhibition of Japan that was considered the most prestigious art exhibition in Japan at that time. Huang was the first Taiwanese artist to be chosen for this exhibition. Later, his works were selected for the same exhibition four times in a row proving Huang’s talent and bringing him recognition.
Major works of the artist include Sweet Dew, Sakya and Water Buffaloes (or Southland) that integrated Western and traditional concepts of sculpture. Naturalistic realism style of Huang’s sculptures revealed his self-connotation and his feelings for the native land. Huang Tu-Shui for whole his life thoroughly claimed: “Although life is short, but art is eternal.”