Alok Hsu Kwang-han
Alok Hsu Kwang-han is a Zen calligraphic painter from China whose work is a synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity and simplicity of Zen, and the evolution of healing in Western psychotherapy. An artist with a diverse background, Kwang-han has earned academic degrees in mathematics, theology, sociology, and the psychology of religion from American universities. He has taught the sociology of religion and the psychology of transcendence, and in China he has translated and published 20 books on meditation.
“The best of Zen art I call ‘satori art,’” Kwang-han says. “The word ‘satori’ in Zen refers to an authentic savoring of enlightenment. It comes forth as the Zen artist is resting in presence and moving from emptiness. I call this satori-in-action ‘the creativity of non-doing.’”
In his workshops, he teaches “Zen as art and art as Zen.” He has also brought what he calls “the creativity of non-doing” into trainings for international organizations and for business leaders.
Kwang-han exhibits in galleries worldwide. His painting, Just This! Just This!, was the entrance piece to the exhibition “Harmonizing With the Infinite” at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in 2001 and 2002. He has had solo exhibitions at the National Ethnographic Museum in Sweden; the Great Hall of Exhibition in Shanghai; the Water Harp Temple and Garden in Pune, India; Exposures International Gallery in Sedona, Arizona; Kim 3 in Santa Barbara, California; The Gallery at 910 in Denver, Colorado; and the Goldenstein Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.
Alok Hsu Kwang-han is perhaps best known for his Zen calligraphic portraits, spontaneous brush strokes that he paints to reveal what people may deeply wish for or even need to see in themselves.
Explore this short documentary—shot over three days at Omega, in Rhinebeck, New York—as calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han leads one of his workshops and discusses the power and definition of art.