Artist's Statement & Bio
How Albert Fung's images are strange is less important than how they are strangely familiar. Color leaves a taste in one's mouth. Pictorial rhythms land like body blows. Although one has never seen them, one can not escape the suspicion that one has been there.
The images are not so much made as much as they are trusted into existence, like remembering a dream by grappling with a ouija board.
Like Phillip Guston said, "We quarrel with what we are."
Albert Fung is a Philadelphia-based artist, art-instructor, and yoga instructor.
In all of these disciplines: his practice is grounded in direct experience. Appearances are interrogated. Sensitivity, curiosity, courage, precision, and years of passionate, devoted erudition are all brought to bear in a process of discovery and refinement. Here, the mind-body is less an obstacle to overcome; it becomes a revelation. The practice becomes exquisite. An elevation occurs that feels like recognition.
He was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He earned his BFA in Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. In 1996 he earned his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He painted and exhibited in New York City from 1993 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been based in Philadelphia.
In addition to making art, he has printed photographs for artists and managed IT.
He taught Lithography at Columbia University from 2005-07. Since 2020, he has been teaching painting and drawing at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia.
He has been practicing yoga since 2003. He has practiced mainly variations of Vinyasa and Anusara. In 2015 he gained his Certification in Yoga Teaching in 2015 in the Classical tradition from Motherheart Yoga Sangha in Philadelphia. He has taught at Motherheart, The Breathing Room, the Healing Fields, and at Open Space, all in Philadelphia.
Today, he makes and exhibits paintings, drawings, and prints; teaches yoga and art; performs IT support; and raises his son.