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sculptor , art educator

Ming Fay is a Shanghai-born and New York City-based sculptor and professor.


Ming Fay was born in Shanghai in 1943 and raised in Hong Kong. His mother was an artist, and his father worked in the then-burgeoning Hong Kong movie industry as an art director.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kansas City The Art Institute of Chicago, 1968;Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1970.


His work focuses on the concept of the garden as a symbol of utopia and the relationship between man and nature. Drawing upon an extensive knowledge of plants both Eastern and Western, real and mythical, Fay creates his own calligraphic floating forest of reeds, branches and surreal species. Ming came to the United States in 1961 to study at the Columbus College of Art and Design and later at the Kansas City Institute of Art.

Subsequently, Fay earned a graduate degree in sculpture at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1975. He currently teaches sculpture at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Ming Fay has exhibited internationally in numerous solo exhibitions, and his work has frequented important group shows throughout the world.

Exhibitions have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris (New York, NY), the National Academy Museum (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, Łódź Biennale at The International Artists’ Museum (Łódź, Poland), Butters Gallery (Portland, Oregon), Ramapo Gallery (Ramapo, New Jersey), and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Fay has also completed numerous public art commissions including a suspended glass and steel sculpture for a residential lobby in Philadelphia, a large scale tree sculpture in Puerto Rico, sculptural benches for New York City's Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal, and glass mosaic murals for the Delancey Street – Essex Street New York City Subway station. He is also the recipient of the 2007 NYFA fellowship in Sculpture.


  • Other Work

    • Solo shows include Gallery Triform, Taipei, Taiwan, 1988, Alternative Museum, New York City, 1988, Chinese American Arts Council Gallery, New York City, 1990, Exit Art, New York City, 1991, Lungmen Gallery, Taipei, 1993, Keen Gallery, New York City, 1993, Alisan Fine Arts Limited, Hong Kong, 1994, Kim Foster Gallery, New York City, 1994, 96, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1994, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 1996, and numerous others. Exhibited in group shows at Trabia Gallery, New York City, 1990, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, 1990, Artists Space, New York City, 1990, Gastle Gallery, College New Rochelle, New York, 1991, Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington, 1991, Frumkin Adams on Gallery, New York City, 1991, Scott Alan Gallery, New York City, 1992, Taipei Gallery, New York City, 1992, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, 1993, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York City, 1993, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York City, 1993, Foster/Peet Gallery, New York City, 1993, Cleveland State University, 1994, David Adamson Gallery, Washington, 1994, Boise (Idaho) Art Museum, 1994, Henry St. Settlement, New York City, 1994, Municipal Art Society, New York City, 1994, University Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1995, Gallery at Dieu Donne Papermill, New York City, 1995, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995, and numerous others.