I am very happy to greet my old friend Max Liu in South Africa . He came a long way from Taiwan , where he enjoys extremely high popularity, for an exhibition of his splendid works at the Preetoria Art Museum . I am very grateful to the chief curator Dirkie Offringa for her enthusiasm and efforts in making this exhibition possible.
I first met Max fifteen years ago through my wife Alice who was then secretary to the director of the Taipei Fine Art Museum . I soon became fascinated with the semi-abstract lines and the vibrant but harmonious colours of his paintings of mixed media, watercolours. I was further impressed by his unusual background of being an engineer, writer, lecturer and anthropologist. His favourite activity is exploration from which he feels peace. I greatly admired his courage and adventures for his research of primitive cultures and anthropology, an example of his pioneering spirit. I recall it was most enjoyable chatting with him at his studio in Taipei suburb when he talked about his life and philosophy. He liked to emphasize the importance of portraying sincere emotions and thoughts in painting. Blessed are the pure in heart.
Wildlife is the subject matter of his works. His watercolours, very ingenious, imaginative and inspiring, revealing an innocent, humorous temperament without academic seriousness, always impress viewers. His love of nature and wildlife is both sincere and intuitive. Art ninety-one years of age, he is still active – a volunteer police of national parks and a spokesperson for nature conservation in Taiwan .
He visited South and East Africa years ago. He is very happy and exciting
to come back. His heart is beating for this great land and people, for
Africa is always close to his heart.
Taipei Liaison Office in Johannsburg