CHENG Nung-Hsuan was born in Taipei in 1983 and graduated from the Taipei National University of Arts in 2006. During his early works, CHENG made the conscious decision to move away from figurative portrait painting, by erasing the facial expression from his subjects’ faces to reveal their raw emotion. In recent times, he embarks on a new series, rendering his human figures distortedly. Needless to say, he has moved further into abstraction, creating a new exploration of abstraction and expressive portraiture. To comprehend the reason for him to focus on the chasm between Western Art and the “Western painting” under Japanese’ understanding, one must be aware that the development of Arts in Taiwan has historically been influenced by Japan. Around the middle years of the colonial period, Taiwanese artists had been unavoidably influenced by Western art, notably French Impressionism, as Japan followed their example in its drive for modernization.