Chi-Man Lai

Lai Chi Man ( born 1949)
Lai Chi Man born in Hong Kong in 1949, after graduated from the Sculpture department of National Taiwan Academy of Arts in 1973, Lai travelled to Italy where he practiced sculpture at Henraux S.p.A., Carrara, which is famous for its quarries and sculptures. During this time, Lai had the opportunity to work alongside Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Pietro Cascella. After four years in Italy, he received a fellowship to further study in University of Wyoming under the famous sculptor, Robert Russin. Lai Chi Man graduated his M.F.A degree in sculpture from University of Wyoming in 1980. In 1982, he was admitted as a member of the Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling in the Netherlands. Lai returned to Taiwan in 1984 upon invitation to hold the teaching position at the National Institute of the Arts (now, Taipei National University of the Arts),until his retirement in 2016. Having experienced life in Hong Kong, Italy, the United States, the Netherlands, and Taiwan, Lai was able to foster a rich and diverse perspective on aestheticism. Nevertheless, it was always clear to Lai that he would return to embrace the Eastern spirit.

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