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.
Mayor of Hsin Tien, Taipei Country , Taiwan