Ming Fay was born in Shanghai in 1943 and raised in Hong Kong. His mother was an artist, and his father worked in the burgeoning Hong Kong movie industry. Both were students of Shanghai-based sculptor Zhang Chongren, who had studied Western sculpture in Europe. He 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.

b. 1943, Shanghai, China



Columbus College of Art & Design (Columbus, OH)

BFA – Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, OH)

MFA, Sculpture – California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, CA)


Teaching Experience

Instructor, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008       “Ming Fay: JungleTango” (Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM)

2008       “Ming Fay” (Leslie Heller Gallery, New York, NY)

2007        Floating Reeds (MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China)

2006        Monkey Pots: New Species from Ming Fay’s Lab (Butters Gallery, Portland, OR)

2005        Ramapo Garden of Desire (Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ)

2004        Ming Fay – From Concept to Reality (Cuchifritos, New York, NY)

2003        Floating Botanica (Copia, Napa, CA)

2002        Hidden Seed Garden (Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong, China)

2000        Qian and Bao (Butters Gallery, Portland, OR)

1998        Garden of Qian (Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, New York, NY)

1997        Lings (Bulova Corporate Center of the Queens Museum, Queens, NY)

1996        Mid-Nite Porridge (Broadway Windows, New York, NY)

1994        From the Garden (Alisan Fine Arts Ltd., Hong Kong, China)

1993        Existential Attainment (Lungmen Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan)

1991        Nature Reborn: From Archaeology to Science Fiction (Exit Art, New York, NY)

1990        Objects from Nature (Chinese American Arts Council, New York, NY)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2008        Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China “New Ink Art:  Innovation and Beyond”

2008        National Academy Museum, NYC “183rd Annual”

Crossing Art, Flushing, NY “Back to the Garden”

2007         Leslie Heller Gallery, NYC “Town and Country”

Nathan Cumming Foundation, NYC “Keep the Change”

                Modern Dimensions: Contemporary American Sculpture (Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM)

2006        Fifth Int’l Ink Biennial of Shenzhen (He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China)

                Transplant Transculture (Wave Hill, Bronx, NY)

2005        Neutral (Lab Gallery, New York, NY)

                Material Terrain (Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO)

2004        Lodz Biennale (International Artist Museum, New York, NY)

                The 179th Annual (National Academy Museum, New York, NY)

2003        Food Matters (Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY)

2002        To Scale (The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY)

2001        All Terrain (Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA)

2000        The End (Exit Art, New York, NY)

1999        As Far as the Eye Can See (Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA)
1997        Gardens of Urban Delight: The Lower East Side (Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY)

1996        Mutation of Ink and Paper (Taipei Gallery, New York, NY)

1995        Elusive Source (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.)

1991        The Hybrid State (Exit Art, New York, NY)


Selected Public Art Awards

2004        Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

2003        Department of Transportation & Public Works (Yauco, Puerto Rico)

2002        Oregon Convention Center (Portland, OR)

1999        MTA, Delancey/Essex Streets Station (New York, NY)