As a senior art-worker, Yang Chih-Fu is well known as an education worker, curator or critic to all in the field of arts. For his work, he holds solo exhibitions or participates in group exhibitions only occasionally in his art career which has spanned more than 30 years; even so, he has long been devoting himself to artistic creation and persists in exploring abstract painting all the time.
As early as the beginning of the 1990s, Yang paid close attention to the development of plastic language for the making of art as well as the relationship between art, humanity and the environment. He thought that although art had an independent and autonomous field of existence, it should not be removed from humanity and the environment that it was connected to. In his first solo exhibition, he put forward a point of view: “Not only is the search for formal language an endeavor to seek out a language which exists independently, but it is also an attempt to find a language system that is related to humans and the surroundings but has an independent and autonomous development track.” His viewpoint revealed the main direction for the future development of artistic creation.
Overviewing the development of Yang’s creation since his first solo exhibition in 1993, the exploration of the essence of abstraction is always the core proposition. Through the dialectic and dialogue of artistic/plastic languages and the signifiers, he attempts to construct a language system of creation which possesses individualized meanings while reflecting the environments of the times.