A native of Tungshiao Township, Miaoli County, JuMing was born the youngest
child in a family of little means.
After graduating from elementary school, JuMing
in 1953, at the insistence of his father, mentored under the town’s Matsu sculptor
Jin-chuan Lee to begin learning sculpting and painting craft, thus laying down his
50 years sculpturing career.
Upon fishing his apprenticeship in 1955, Ju first had
tried to find a career in his hometown Miaoli, but it was not until in 1968 he
followed the sculptor Yuyu Yang.
As a protégé of Yuyu Yang, Ju mastered all
sculpture technique and gradually transformed into a real artist from a skilled
craftsman, thus began his endeavor as a sculpture creator.
In the earlier stage, Ju focused primarily on sculpting the “homeland series” such
as oxen, shepherd boys, and later experimented with the “Tai Chi series”,
blending the Chinese philosophy in his works.
Tai Chi series remains to be his
important works that put JuMing to the international fame.
This series embodies
the very essence of the Chinese traditional culture, concerning the origin of the
universe, the progression of life, and the metabolic balance of the body.
fails to successfully transform the complex, difficult philosophy, using different
materials of wood, bronze, and others, to condense his artistic ideas into modern
and tangible artistic expression.
The “human series” he has created is also a
well-acknowledged series that epitomizes his artistic career.
In 1999, Ju has
moved to launch a「JuMing Museum」, located in Jinshan Township, Taipei
County, encompassing an expansive ground of 11 hectares, where many of
JuMing’s works are housed.
He has in 2000 been accredited with an Overseas
Outstanding Artist’s Award by Japan’s Tokyo Creation Awards.