As a key figure of the third generation of the Lingnan School of painting, Au Ho-nien became prestigious in art since his early years. He was born in 1935 in the Bopu Village of Maoming County (present-day in Wuchuan City) in the southwest of Guangdong Province. As a child he was raised under the guidance of his father, being fully dedicated to Chinese literature and history. In 1950, Au moved to Hong Kong with his parents and learned painting from Chao Shao-an two years later. In 1970, he was invited by Dr. Chang Chi-yun, the founder of the Chinese Culture University, to go to Taiwan as a professor in the Fine Arts Department of the university. He settled in Taipei and started his career as an arts educator in Taiwan and a local supporter of the Lingnan School.
His oeuvre covers landscapes, figures, birds and flowers, insects, fish and animals. He is also well versed in poetry and calligraphy, demonstrating his deep foundation in the studies of Chinese literature. This exhibition focuses on his paintings and calligraphy works since the 1950s to feature his artistic career and accomplishments. Exhibits are provided by Professor Au.