Centenarian Artist Donates Work to British Museum
Chao Mu-ho is truly a keeper of culture, being the only living artist in the Chinese-speaking world versed in the antique bird-worm style of calligraphy. With the intent of preserving the unique Chinese writing form, Chao has donated a written verse from a centuries-old Chinese historical novel. Chao has no desire to be the last calligrapher of his kind though, and is teaching younger artists the technique. “I teach them for free. All of my students will have to practice for at least 10 more years to reach my level of mastery,” he said. His desire to teach is matched by his desire to continue learning, as evidenced by the master’s degree he received at the age of 98.
Taipei Times, July 28, 2011