市長序

新店風有「藝術之都」的美稱,人文薈集,山水交融,身居此地的劉老,可說是新店市無上的光榮;而其畢生奮鬥不懈的精神,更足以成為新店市民的表率!

劉老曾說「他全心全意把心都放在新店,新店是他的第二個家」,而他自己也身體力行,舉凡本所辦的各項活動,如「百位藝術家聯展」及「新店藝文嘉年華會」,劉老都熱情支持,並親自出席;近日還不吝捐贈了「12星座版畫」供本所圖書館典藏,不勝感激。今年的元旦,新店市公所特頒「新店市榮譽市民」匾額給劉老,以感謝劉老對新店市的貢獻。

劉老是一位孜孜不倦。精力旺盛,又充滿冒險精神的探險家。參加過越戰及二次大戰的他,在生命中冒險。也在叢林中冒險,遠征過非洲,跋涉大洋洲。婆羅洲;而扮演的角色,無論是電機工程師。教授、作家、探險家、藝術人類學者或畫家,他都盡力的扮演好每一個角色,釋放生命能量,引爆生命熱力,用積極開放的態度面對生命的各個轉彎處,他曾身經水火,並從浮練中走過來。也因為這些多樣的人生經歷,成就他一身的好本領,使得他的畫作獨樹一格,擅用簡約的造形、多層次的肌理與豐富的色彩及構圖,營造單純、浪漫的抒情寫意畫境,自然流露出內在情感的深厚底蘊,並展現出生命的喜悅。

91高齡的劉老欲遠赴南非斐京藝術博物館舉辦個展,正印證了他對生命的註解:「生命要用,才有價值;用它,等於活著;做了,也才活到了。」的勇於面對挑戰的不老精神!

新店市長 曾正和

Preface by Mayor

Hsintien is a city known as a capital of art in Taiwan for its beauty and culture. It has a beautiful landscape of water and mountains which attract a flock of artists and writers who chose to live there. The city is very proud to have the outstanding painter Max Chiwei Liu as its citizen. Max Liu’s legendary life of perseverance has set an example for citizens of Hsintien.

Max Liu calls Hsintien his second hometown and has devoted himself to this city’s cultural life such as “One Hundred Artists Collective Exhibition” and “Hsintien Art Carnival”. Recently he donated a set of Zodiac prints to the city’s library. An honorary citizenship was conferred on him by the Hsintien Municipality for his outstanding contribution to the city early this year.

Max Liu is an unwavering, energetic adventurer. He is a veteran of the Second World War and has made expeditions to Africa, Borneo and Oceania . He is an engineer, lecturer, writer, painter and cultural anthropologist. He has played each role so well that he has made the best of his life. The variety of his experience together with his talent has made his art style a unique one. He produced a series of romantic and lyric paintings characterized by simplicity, rich colors and multiplier arrangement. His works reveal innermost emotions as well as the joy of life.

At the age of ninety-one, Max Liu’s long journey to South Africa for exhibiting his works at the Pretoria Art Museum exemplifies his remarks on life: “Life is valued as long as it is used; and it is action that fulfills the purpose of life.” He is a fearless artist always ready to take up any challenges.


Tseng Chene-Ho

Director General

Mayor of Hsin Tien, Taipei Country , Taiwan