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Ming Fay


About the Artists:
Internationally exhibited artist Ming Fay is renowned for his unique two- and three- dimensional works inspired from nature in mixed media, clay and bronze. He is known nationwide for a number of site-specific works for public places that he has made.

Born in Shanghai, China


1970  University of California, Santa Barbara, California - M.F.A
1967  Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri - B.F.A.
1965  Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio – Diploma


1998 Garden of Qian, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY
1997  Lings, Bulova Corporate Center of the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
1997  Earthly Delights, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY
1997 Veins of the Spiral, Kim Foster Gallery, New York City
1997 Feast for the Eyes, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
1997 Mid-nite Porridge, Broadway Windows, NYC
1994 Matter into Spirit, Kim Foster Gallery, NYC
1994  Extended Curves, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
1994  From the Garden, Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong
1993  On the Edge, Keen Gallery, New York, NY
1993  Existential Attainment, Lungmen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1993  Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY
1991  Images from Beyond, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
1991  Nature Reborn: From Archaeology to Science Fiction, Exit Art, New York, NY
1990  Ming Fay, D.D. Fine Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
1990  Bell Sprouts, Petrosino Park, New York, NY (Outdoor Installation)
1990  Objects from Nature, Chinese American Arts council, Gallery 456, New York, NY
1989  Journey into Nature, Squibb Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey*
1988  Elixirs, Alternative Museum, New York, NY*
1988  Ming Fay, Gallery Triform, Taipei, Taiwan
1986  Ming Fay, The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture Hong Kong*
1985  Ming Fay, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri*
1985  Drawings for Sculpture, Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong*
1984  Ming Fay, Broadway Windows, New York, NY


2000  Persistence: Botanica., Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
1998  As far as the eye can see, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GE
1998  Metaphors, Inspirations and Folklores, Henry Street Settlement, NYC
1998  Paper: the State of Connection, Bergestrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI
1998  Sculpture., Leedy Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, MI
1997 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
1997 Ancient Emblems, Contemporary Signifiers, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
1997 Gardens of Urban Delight: The Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement, NYC
1996  Posing Reality: Contemporary Still Life, University of Massachusetts, Amhearst, MA
1996 Black and White: Sculptors’ Drawings, Marymount Manhatten College, NYC
1996  Mutation of Ink and Paper, Taipei Gallery, NYC
1994 Bodies/Transfomations: Small Bronzes, TZ’ Art & Co., New York City
1994 Elusive Source, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
1994 Indetermined Origins, Maryland Art Place, Balitmore, MD
1994 Workspace Program: 5 Years, Gallery at Dieu Donne Papermill, NYC
1994 Totems and Other Structures, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
1994 Visionary Proposals for Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement. NYC
1994 Art for Learning, Municipal Art Society, NYC
1994  Fabricated Nature, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID.
1994  Orientations, David Adamson Gallery, Washington DC
1994  Gaia Coughs: The Awful Beauty of the Contemporary Environment, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
1994  Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art, Asia Society, New York, NY*
1994  Inaugural Exhibition, Foster Peet Gallery, New York, NY
1994  ORIENTations: WORKS OF EIGHT CHINESE-AMERICAN ARTISTS, Friends of Hong Kong/Macao Association,
     David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC*
1994  Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KT
1993 Plant Body; Spiritual Botany, Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC
1993  Open Books, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR:
1993  The Breadth of Life, Keen Gallery, New York, NY
1993  Ming Fay & Hiro Yokose Foster/Peet Gallery, New York, NY:
1993  Plant Body: Spiritual Botany, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
1993  Spring/Summer Exhibition, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
1993  Diverse Disclosures Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY:
1993  Diverse Representations II, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
1992  Contemporary Sculpture from Taiwan, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY
1992  Still Life Today, Scott Alan Gallery, New York, NY
1991  Bronze, Frumkin/Adams Gallery, New York, NY
1991  Group Exhibition, Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington DC
1991  The Hybrid State Exit Art, New York, NY
1991  Artists of Conscience*, Alternative Museum, New York, NY:
1991  Paperworks, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
1991  One World/Four Views, The Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
1991  World Disorder, The Cultural Space, New York, NY
1991  Food Center Sculpture Park at Hunts Point Annual Exhibit, New York, NY
1990  Selections* Artist Space, New York, NY
1990  Still Life and Its Borders, Wilson Arts Center, Rochester, NY
1990  Harvest 2001, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
1990  The Second Hunts Point Sculpture Park Exhibit Hunts Point Cooperative Market
1990  Occupation & Resistance*, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1990  Radiant Fruit: Iconic Still Life, Trabia Gallery, New York, NY
1989  Evil Empires, Bronx Council On the Arts, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY
1989  Evocation, Frumkin/Adams Gallery, New York, NY
1989  Power Struggle, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
1989  Made in New York*, Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College,
       Easton, PA
1989  From Pillar to Post, Kenkeleba House, New York, NY
1988  6 Contemporary Sculptors, Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ
1988  Natural Transformations, Art in General, New York, NY
1988  Of Relic and Residuum, Jayne Baum Gallery, New York, NY
1988  Public Art in Chinatown, Asian American Arts Center, New York, NY
1988  Branches: Artists Work with the Trees, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York
1987  Endangered Species*, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1987  New York: New Venue*, Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina:


Public School, Brooklyn, NY, PS 7, Elm Leaf Steel Gate


John Michael Kohler Arts Center Newsletter, Ming Fay: A Feast For The Eyes , Faye Hirsch, May-June 1996
The Standard, Arts and Entertainment Ming Sees Fruits of his Labour, Josie Brennan, January 5, 1994
South China Morning Post, Lifestyle, Ming’s Fertile Garden, Margaret Sheridan, January 5, 1994
Willamette Week, Portland, OR, Full Circle, Extended Curves, Ted Sawyer, June 29, 1994
The Star-Ledger, (NJ), Morris Museum Exhibit Showcases Cultural Diversity, Eileen Watkins, Jan. 24, 1993
The Oregonian, (Portland), Art's Herbal Essence, Randy Gragg, November 15, 1991
The New York Times, (WC), With Paper as a Starting Point, Vivien Raynor, September 15, 1991
The New York Times, (NY), Sculpture Borne by the Earth and Lighted by the Sky Michael Brenson, March 8, 1991
The New York Times, (NY), Exit Art review, Michael Brenson, February 15, 1991
The New York Times, (NJ), Food Made Larger than Life, William Zimmer, October 28, 1990
The New York Times, (NY) Ming Fay, Michael Brenson, February 23, 1990
The New York Times, (WC) When the Villain is Colonialism, Vivien Raynor, October 29, 1989
The New York Times, (NJ) Ambiguous Fruits of Nature, William Zimmer, July 30, 1989
The Village Voice, (NY), Material Nature, Elizabeth Hess, March 7, 1989
The Village Voice, (NY), It's a Jungle Out There, Kim Levin, March 24, 1987
The New York Times, (NJ), Paper's 3rd Dimension in Paramus, Patricia Malarcher January 18, 1987


Sky Magazine, Cast in Paper, Shawan Casey, September 1992
Arts of Asia, Editorial, Tuyet Nguyet, July/August 1992
Artweek, At the End of the Rabbit Hole, Lois Allen, November 1991
Art in America, Ming Fay at Exit Art, Robert Taplin, October 1991
Arts Magazine, Ming Fay, Gerard Haggerty, Summer 1991
American Art, Turning the Mirrors Around-the-Pre-Face, Lucy Lippard, Winter/Spring 1991
Mixed Blessings/New Art in a Multicultural America, Lucy Lippard, Pantheon Books, 1990
PHOTOGRAPHICART, (Hong Kong), Ming Fay, Karl Lunde, 2nd Edition 1989
Arts Magazine, New York in Review, Robert Mogran, September 1988
Artention International Magazine, (Hong Kong), Public Art A Reflection of Progress, Robert Lee, July/August 1988


The Hybrid State, Exit Art, New York 1992 Essays: Luis Camnitzer, Papo Colo, Joshu Decter, Jimmie Durham, Guillermp Gomez Pena, Celeste Olallquianga, Warren Niesluchowski, and Krizysztof Wodiczko
Artists of Conscience, Alternative Museum, New York 1991 Introduction: Geno Rodrigue, Lowery Simes, Lucy Lippard, Margot Lovejoy Keith Morrison
Ming Fay, D.D. Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan 1990; Introduction: Gerard Haggerty
Selections, Artist Space, New York, NY 1990; Introduction: Carl Hazelwood
Occupation and Resistance, Alternative Museum, NY 1990; Introduction: G. Roger Denson
Journey Into Nature - Selected Works by Ming Fay 1989, Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ; Introduction: Kathie Mukaida
Power Struggle, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio 1989; Introduction: Don Desmett
Made in New York, Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA 1989; Forward: Judd Tully
New York: New Venue, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC 1987; Forward: Jane Essays: Geno Rodriguez, Lowery Sims
Ming Fay Recent Works, Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, Hong Kong, 1986; Essays: Karl Lunde, Jerry Kwan, Shiah Li-fa


1992  School of Visual Art, New York, NY
1992  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1992  Chatham Square Public Library, New York, NY
1991  Reed College, Portland, OR
1991  Portland State University, Portland, OR
1991  Portland Art Museum School, Portland, OR
1991  SUNY, Stony Brook, NY
1990  The New School, New York, NY
1991  Asian American Art Center, New York, NY
1990  Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
1989  Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


1996  Artist in residence Arts/Industry program John Michael Kohler Arts Center
1993  Percent for Art, Criminal Justice Center, City of Philadelphia
1993  Visiting Artist Residency, New York Experimental Glass Works
1992  Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Arts Partners Program
1990  Percent for Art, P.S. 7, Elmhurst, Queens, Dept. of Cultural Affairs,NYC

Of his work Ming Fay says:

”My sculpture comments on the botanical world and its relationship to humans, ranging from oversized plant forms to complex overgrown environments reminiscent of science fiction films. The artwork is an outgrowth of my inventory of fruits, plants, seeds, herbs, bones and mysterious objects. Over time I decipher some of their usage and metaphorical meanings and begin the process of producing new variants for my studio garden.

Borrowing from folklore, I invent and interpret new cultural contexts for my hybrid sculptures.

In recent years, my work has focused on the concept of a garden as a symbol of abundance, paradise and the location for the ultimate desirable state of being. As humans we are consumed with desires and longing for a lost utopia. The garden that I have created is a mindset where I cultivate an imagined place for mystical forms to exist in a sculptural landscape.”

-Ming Fay 2006


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