FAY, MING

Creator

FAY, MING
b. China, 1943
Born in Shanghai in 1943, Ming Fay ​(​ 费明杰) moved to the United States to pursue the​ arts in 1961. His mother and father, an artist and art director in the Hong Kong film industry, introduced Fay to sculpture during his childhood in China. After studying at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Kansas City Institute of Art,  Fay earned a graduate degree in sculpture at UC Santa Barbara in 1975. After graduating, he relocated to New York City and, in 1982, founded an art collective with other New York-based Chinese artists. As newcomers to the cultural epicenter, Fay describes working together with his collaborators “to decipher the secret codes of the New York art scene.” Fay’s talent of visualizing the relationship between humanity and nature soon entered the national sphere, with his public sculptures featured prominently from coast to coast. Akin to his personal journey, Fay’s art merges Western and Eastern influences. Resulting in a versatile range of creations, his work includes sculptural benches and glass mosaics within New York City terminals, as well as depictions of traditional Chinese gardens. His inspirations typically come from natural forms, with plants, bones, seashells, fruit, and the human body serving as common subjects.

Citation

FAY, MING, b. China, 1943, and Born in Shanghai in 1943, Ming Fay ​(​ 费明杰) moved to the United States to pursue the​ arts in 1961. His mother and father, an artist and art director in the Hong Kong film industry, introduced Fay to sculpture during his childhood in China. After studying at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Kansas City Institute of Art,  Fay earned a graduate degree in sculpture at UC Santa Barbara in 1975. After graduating, he relocated to New York City and, in 1982, founded an art collective with other New York-based Chinese artists. As newcomers to the cultural epicenter, Fay describes working together with his collaborators “to decipher the secret codes of the New York art scene.” Fay’s talent of visualizing the relationship between humanity and nature soon entered the national sphere, with his public sculptures featured prominently from coast to coast. Akin to his personal journey, Fay’s art merges Western and Eastern influences. Resulting in a versatile range of creations, his work includes sculptural benches and glass mosaics within New York City terminals, as well as depictions of traditional Chinese gardens. His inspirations typically come from natural forms, with plants, bones, seashells, fruit, and the human body serving as common subjects., “FAY, MING,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 25, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/4705.