Fay Ku Biography

Born in 1974 in Taipei. Lives and works in New York.

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York: MS Art History & MFA Studio Art
  • Bennington College, Bennington, VT: Dual BA in Literature and Visual Arts

Solo Exhibitions

  • Solo show, Eight Modern
  • Half Breeds, Sam Lee gallery, LA
  • Solo show, Central Utah Arts Center, AR
  • Face All Eyes, Eyes All Hands, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
  • “Sleeping Beasts,” National Performance Network Conference, Knoxville,TN.
  • “Double Entendre,” Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
  • “Fay Ku,” Goedhuis Contemporary Gallery, New York.
  • Docks Art Fair, Lyon, France (with L MD galerie, Paris)
  • Outliers, L MD galerie, Paris
  • New/Now Fay Ku, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT
  • FAY KU: A SURVEY OF WORKS 2004-2008, Curated by M.Brendon Malcinni, Kips Gallery, NY
  • Deviance, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fairy Tales Re-Told, Brooklyn Public Central Library, Brooklyn, NY
  • Surface Tension Solo Exhibition, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
  • Life Boat, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
  • Here Be Monster, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • MOVE!, L MD galerie, Paris
  • Four for the Future, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Animal Instinct, Allegory, Allusion, and Anthropomorphism John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Tales Gone In Flocks and Herds, Crossing Art Gallery, Flushing, New York.
  • Going Green, New environmental art from Taiwan, curated by Jane Ingram Allen, Taipei
  • Cultural Institute, New York
  • Heidi Cho Gallery, New York
  • “Animal Instinct”, John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Chiaroscuro Gallery « Tamarind Celebrates 50 year » (Santa Fe)
  • Two Degrees, Satori Gallery, New York
  • Salon du dessin contemporain, L MD Galerie (Carrousel du Louvre — Paris)
  • She,Tenri Institute & Taiwan Cultural Center Gallery, New York. Catalogue.
  • Beyond China: The New Ink Painting From Taiwan, Goedhuis Contemporary, London, UK.
  • First Show: The New York Group Show, L MD Gallery, Paris.
  • Fata Morgana, Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn
  • New York Group Show, L MD galerie, Paris
  • Other, Other…. High Visibility, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx
  • All’s Fair in Art and War: Envisioning Conflict, 21C Museum & International Contemporary Art Foundation, Louisville, KY
  • Mind the Gap, Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe
  • More Stories, Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
  • From Brooklyn, With Love, Parker’s Box, Brooklyn
  • Four Artists, curated by Eugenie Tsai, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
  • Frolic: Humor & Mischief in New Taiwanese Art, Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos & Jane Ingram Allen, 2×13 Gallery & Taipei Cultural Center, New York, NY (With Exhibition Catalogue)
  • Once There Was, Once There Wasn’t: Fairy Tales Retold, Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Troubled Waters, Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY
  • Working Space, curated by Tricia YunJoo Paik, Cuchifritos, New York
  • The Troubled Waters of Permeability! Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY
  • Kid Pink Gloves, curated by Jinnine Pak, Chashama, New York, NY
  • NextNext Visual Arts, curated by Dan Cameron and Yukie Kamiya , Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
  • Little Monsters, curated by Tomoko Ashikawa , AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY
  • Bearings: The Female Figure, curated by A Frame, PS 122 Gallery, New York
  • Unforgiving, curated by Gild, The Changing Room, New York
  • Pratt MFA Graduate Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York
  • I.D.: i.d., A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
  • Summer Solstice, curated by David Pierce, Gallery Boreas, Brooklyn, NY
  • Good Housekeepins, Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
  • UNDERNEATH, McCaig-Wells Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Women’s Identities, curated by Matsumi Doeda, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY
  • CHARACTERS I & II, curated by Hélianthe Bordeaux-Maurin, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ
  • Silvermine, New Canaan, CT (With Exhibition Catalogue)
  • MFA SHOW, Steuben Gallery (Pratt Institute), Brooklyn, NY
  • Chance Encounters, Open Ground, Brooklyn, NY
  • GENERATIONS.04, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

Awards & Grants

  • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
  • National Performance Network/Visual Artist Network Project Grant
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Deutsche Bank Fellow)
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
  • National Performance Network (NPN)/Visual Arts Network (VAN) Pilot Project Grant
  • Urban Artists Initiative/NYC Project Grant
  • A.I.R. Emerging Artist Fellowship



Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

  • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
  • Chashama Visual Arts Studio Program, New York
  • Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE.
  • Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Weir Farm Art Centre, Wilton, CT.
  • Artist Alliance Inc. Lower East Side Rotating Studio Residency, New York.

Public Collections

  • Asian American Art Centre, New York, NY
  • New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
  • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii


  • Photos, John. “The Wife Aquatic: Fay Ku isn’t dead, she just sleeps with the fishes.” Santa Fe Reporter. November 25, 2009.
  • Mandeville, Julia. “The Way of Ku: Fay Ku’s Double Entendre at Eight Modern.” The Alibi. Volume 18, no.48. November 26 — December 2, 2009.
  • Miller, Jocelyn. “Black Hole Son.” New York Press. November 18, 2009.
  • “Brooklyn artist exhibits haunting works at museum,” New Britain Herald News. May 6, 2009.
  • “Grey Goose Presents the Next Garde.” Sundance Channel. September 2008.
  • Goodman, Jonathan. “Fay Ku at Kips.” Artcritical.com. March 30, 2008.
  • “Interview with Fay Ku and Bokyung Jun, Santa Fe Art Institute residents.” Santa Fe Radio Café with Mary-Charlotte. KSFR Sante Fe Public Radio. February 21, 2008.
  • Sneed, Gillian. “’Sweet’ Child O’Mine—Fay Ku and Her Gang of Innocent Violence.” NY Arts Magazine. Volume 13, no. 3/4. March/April 2008.
  • “Emerging Artists.” Frieze. Issue 112. January/February 2008.
  • Vrachopoulos, Thalia, Ph.D. Frolic: Humor & Mischief in New Taiwanese Art, Exhibition Catalogue, October 2007.
  • “Ever After,” Santa Fe Reporter, Sept. 19-25, 2007.
  • Hope, Bradley. “Pratt Presents Four Fresh Faces.” New York Sun. June 14, 2007.
  • Cohen, David. “Thank Heaven For Little Girls?” Exhibition essay for “Surface Tension,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT. July 2007.
  • Bordeaux-Maurin, Hélianthe. “The Troubled Waters of Permeability!” NY Arts Magazine. Volume 12, no. 3/4. March/April 2007.
  • “Pink Kid Gloves.” Curator’s Pick. New York Arts Magazine. Volume 12, no. 3/4. March/April 2007.
  • “Little Monsters.” Review. New York Arts Magazine. Volume 12, no. 1/2. December 2006/January 2007.
  • Magazine. May/June 2007. Langer, Cassandra. “Smoke and Mirrors: Reevaluating the Body in Art.”
  • Exhibition essay for Bearings: The Female Figure. P.S. 122. April 2006.
  • Bordeaux-Maurin, Hélianthe. Exhibition essay for “Characters: Scene I & II” Exhibition Catalogue. Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ & Silvermine, New Canaan, CT. March 2005.
  • Chen, Amanda. “Fay Ku: Life Boat.” World Journal. Thursday, October 27, 2005.
  • “The Exhibitionists Are…” Dir. Luigi Di Crasto & Santino Di Renzo. Documentary Film. Without Papers Production, 2005.
  • “Fay Ku A Gran Escala.” Origina (Propuesta Conceptual). November 2005.
  • McInnis, Michael. “Fay Ku; Open Ground.” The New York Art World. January 2005.

Fay Ku



Taiwanese artist born in 1974 in Taipei, Taiwan. 

New York, United States