當我們以為只能在故宮博物院看到中國漢、明清時代的銅器、漆器和景泰藍,卻不知在遙遠國度的另一端,有人將這流傳千年的複雜工藝帶到美國並發揚光大,成為國外名流富豪們新潮的裝飾收藏品。

1946年出生於北京的Robert Kuo,一歲時與父母移居台灣,其父在大學教授藝術同時也是早期中國水彩畫畫家,自小在美學藝術環境薰陶下成長的Robert Kuo,體認裝飾藝術(Art Noueau and Art Deco)與眾不同的另一面。 二十七歲時決定搬遷到美國開始藝術創作。1985年在比佛利山莊正式創立景泰藍工作室,同時製作銅器浮雕和吹製北京玻璃,其中一件景泰藍作品「金魚缸(Goldfish Bowl)」更成為全世界最大的博物館系統『史密森尼博物館(Smithsonian Institution)』的永久收藏品。傳統中國古典工藝的手法融入現代味十足的各式設計,Robert Kuo廣受各地好評也正式打開在美的知名度。

1999年開始製作漆器,每件作品都經歷數十道重複上漆、乾燥的手續,呈現豐厚溫潤的質感,還持續嘗試不同的材質創作如水晶礦石雕刻,以及銅漆器混搭等特殊效果,2007年更獲得全美最佳十大設計師的榮耀,至今Robert Kuo仍不斷推出令人驚豔的作品。

Robert Kuo承襲古老傳統技巧經過融合與突破,流暢細膩的線條與做工,天馬行空的想像力與設計,讓作品充滿過去和未來的衝突感,也帶給國際一番新的視野。

Robert Kuo was born in Beijing, he moved with his family to Taiwan in 1947. Kuo grew up in an artistic environment. His father, an art professor and Chinese watercolor painter, started a cloisonné atelier where Robert became an apprentice at age fifteen.

While pursuing his studies in Taipei, Kuo assisted his father in the creation of a cloisonné studio. A visit to the United States persuaded the young artist/entrepreneur that the American environment would benefit him, both personally and professionally. In 1973, he immigrated to the United States and opened a studio for cloisonné in Beverly Hills. Utilizing the influences of Art Noueau and Art Deco, Kuo introduced new shapes, finishes, and objects to cloisonné. The Kuo Gallery quickly became a favorite stop for designers seeking distinctive decorative objects for their clientele. By 1985, Kuo shifted his focus from working in cloisonné to repoussé, the art of hammering decorative relief onto metal.

A visit to Robert Kuo's showroom is an aesthetic inspiration. Its soaring, sunlit space serves as an appropriate backdrop for timeless, evocative quality of his pieces. This is reinforced by a selection of Asian antiques collected by Kuo in his travels. Elegant displays and tasteful furnishings contribute to an environment that is at once both peaceful and exciting. Perhaps Robert Kuo owes his longevity to his passion for the eternal, for forms that have stood the test of time.