“To create a work of art, you must not only have an idea but also a philosophy of life, an ideal intrinsic structure which you can constantly refer to”
Cynthia Sah grew up in Japan and Taiwan. After completing her studies and graduating from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, she earned an M.A. in Teaching, Columbia University, New York. Her birth name is Charn Yu Sah, but her western name after moving to New York is Cynthia Sah. She arrived in Versilia for the first time in 1978, where she still lives today, and began working as assistant in Sem Ghelardini’s studio. She was one of the founders of the Associazione ASART of Pietrasanta, co-founder with Nicolas Bertoux of Studio Artco and Fondazione Arkad of Seravezza, and associated member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
She has held several international solo exhibitions, including: Saint Bartholomew Church, New York 1978; Galleria Bottega d'Arte, Voghera 1985-1988; Hong Kong: The Rotonda, Exchange Square 1992, Hanart T.Z. Gallery 1994 and Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery 1997; in Taiwan: Hanart Gallery, Taipei, 1992-1995; 1999 and Galerie Pierre, Taichung 1995.
She has participated in many group exhibitions, including: Lincoln Center, New York 1979; Audubon Artists, National Academy Galleries, New York 1977; International Artists '77, Union Carbide, New York 1977; Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York 1979; The XV International Grand Prix of Contemporary Art of Montecarlo, Monaco 1981; "Grands et Jeunes d'aujourd'hui", Grand Palais, Paris 1981, 1982; "Overseas Chinese Artist Exhibition" Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan 1983; Susan Blanchard Gallery, New York 1985, 1986; Leinster Contemporary Art, London 1989; "Exhibition of Nine Sculptors" 1993, Color Field Art Space, Taipei; "Asia ContemporarySculptors Exhibition" 1993, Tonbek Art Center, Pusang, South Korea and Saibu-Gas Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Duchamp Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1994; "L'Art a La Plage" 1994, St. Tropez, France; "Presenze, artisti stranieri oggi in Italia" 1995, Perugia; "The Native Land of Sculpture" 1995, Duchamp Gallery, Kaohsiung and Color Field Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan; "Un Monde de la Sculpture International Studio Angeli" 1995, Anzere, Switzerland; "The Progress of Taiwan Modern Sculpture" 1996, Gate Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Hanart Taipei Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 1998; Gallery Bell'Arte, The Netherlands 1999; Finter Bank Zurich, Chiasso, Switzerland 1999; "Arte Nella Città" 2000, La Spezia; "Open 2000" 2000, Lido di Venezia; "Versilia e Lugano terre di artisti" 2000, Lugano; "Artists from Italy" 2002, Library of Florida International University, Miami, Florida; "Sculpture in the Garden" 2003, University of Leicester, England; "Women of All Seasons" 2003, Harbourside, Hong Kong; "Vetro & Scultura: venti artisti interpretano Venini" 2006, Castello Scaligero, Malcesine, Verona; "Pietra & Co." 2007-2008, Sirmione. She has received several international recognitions: "Taipei Fine Arts Museum Acquisition Award" 1991, Taiwan; I Prize, Contemporary Sculpture Competition 1991 and I Prize, Open Competition in Stone Sculpture 1993, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; International Sculpture Symposium Award, Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan 1995; I Prize, Waterside Sculpture Exhibition, Azuchi-cho, Japan 1995; Honorable Mention Prize, "Guilin Yuzi Paradise International Sculpture Award", China 2003.
She often receives commissions for public and private spaces, especially for monumental sculptures, some of which she has created with Nicolas Bertoux, such as Grand Plaza Hotel, Hong Kong 1992; Citibank Plaza, Hong Kong 1993; Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong 1994; Kilberg Management, The Star Hotel, Guanzhou, China 1994; South Lake II Residential Complex, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1996; Public Art Commission, Taiwan Air Force Residence, Hsin Chu, Taiwan 1997; School for Special Education, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1998; Tainan Cultural Centre, Taiwan 1998; Hao Ran Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan 2000; winner with Nicolas Bertoux of the Public Art Project for Highway in Taiwan 2000; Macau Communication Tower Project 2001; Harbourside, Kowloon Station Project of Hang Lung Properties Ltd. 2003; Corporate Avenue, Shuion Properties, Shanghai, China (in cooperation with Nicolas Bertoux) 2005; Egret Island, Chengdu, China (in cooperation with Nicolas Bertoux) 2005; Mandarin Hotel, Landmark, Hong Kong 2005; Ritz Carlton Hotel, Beijing, China (in cooperation with Nicolas Bertoux) 2006; Moli Foranei di Porto Levante, Polesine 2006. Her works are held in many public and private collections throughout the world: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Acquisition Award, Taiwan 1991; Hualien Cultural Center, Taiwan 1993; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan 1994; National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan 1994; Hong Kong Museum of Fine Arts, Hong Kong 1994; Hualien Cultural Center, Taiwan 1996; International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Hualien, Taiwan 1997; International Sculpture Park, Farum, Denmark 1999; Stiching Utopa Foundation, Voorhout, The Netherlands 2006.
She exhibited her works for the first time in Italy in 1980 during a group exhibition in Carrara, the city where she had participated in the "Scolpire all'Aperto" symposium the year before. She has also created her works at the Giorgio Angeli, Bottega Versiliese, F.lli e Paolo Nello Galeotti, Silverio Paoli, Studio Sem, F.lli Cacciatori, and Marble Studio Stagetti laboratories and at the Da Prato, Del Chiaro, L'Arte, Mariani and Tesconi foundries. Currently she works at the Studio Artco in Seravezza which she owns together with her husband and sculptor Nicolas Bertoux. She has taken part in several exhibitions in the area, including: "Mostra delle Giovani Presenze Artistiche in Toscana" 1982, Forte dei Marmi; "Mostra di Scultura a La Versiliana" 1982-1983, Marina di Pietrasanta; "Mostra delle Scultrici in Versilia" 1983, Pietrasanta; "Giovane Scultura Internazionale" 1985-1986, Castello Malaspina, Massa;"Sculptures MCMLXXXIX" 1989, Studio d'Arte La Subbia, Lido di Camaiore; "Female Sculptors" 1990, Studio d'Arte La Subbia, Lido di Camaiore; Studio d'Arte La Subbia, Lido di Camaiore (solo exhibition, 1991); Premio Internazionale di Scultura Gioia Lazzerini, Pietrasanta 1994; "Ad occhi aperti" 1995, CCLR, Pietrasanta; "Omaggio a Sem" 1997, Pietrasanta; "Ad Occhi Aperti 3: L'autoritratto" 1998, CCLR, Pietrasanta; "ASART Show II" 2002, Pietrasanta; "Pietrasanta sculture e scultori. Rassegna internazionale di scultura" 2002, Pietrasanta; "Cinquanta per cento: 100 artisti in cantina" 2002, Fondazione Arkad, Seravezza; "Soqquadro" initiative, Pietrasanta 2002; "H&Art" 2003, ex-ospedale, Pietrasanta; "Asart Show" 2003, Villa Cavanis, Camaiore; "Enoliarte" 2004, Fondazione Arkad, Seravezza; "Scarto come materia" 2004, laboratory and exhibition, Fondazione Arkad, Seravezza; "Vetro & Scultura: venti artisti interpretano Venini" 2005, Chiesa di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta and Castello Scaligero, Malcesine, Verona 2006; "I segni e le forme: due passi nell'arte" 2005, Pietrasanta; "Le figlie del vasaio" 2005, Parco del Magliano, Marina di Massa; "Amor Marmoris" 2005, Levigliani; "Donna Scultura" 2007, Chiesa di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta.
The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from the Artist’s website www.cynthiasah.it