Lee Tsai-Chien was born in 1928, in Fujian Province, China. He moved to Taiwan in 1949, and enrolled at the Department of Fine Arts at the Taiwan Provincial College of Education (now National Taiwan Normal University). Lee was born into a literary and artistic family. His grandfather Lee Hsia and father Lee Bi were both accomplished calligraphers, and the young Lee mastered the art of Chinese strokes during childhood. Forms of his sculptures originated from Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy that later on took on Western concepts of logic and aesthetics. In the 1970s, Lee learnt about Minimal Art and switched to explore geometric forms. He believed in a combination of “numbers” with “forms” and logical order between them, and a possibility to follow, arrange and reproduce aesthetic intension of space. He combined aesthetics, philosophy and mathematics, thus attempting to integrate metaphysical thinking into an abstract form. He did it in a way that artworks revealed an absolute pureness and quietness. Lee was a member of the Zodiac Sculpture Group among Chen Ting-Shih, Yang Yu-Yu, Ju Ming, Chiu Huan-Tang, and Kuo Ching-Chih. He was also one of the main representatives of Taiwan’s contemporary three-dimensional sculpture and the main leader of sculpture development in Taiwan.






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