Yih-Wen Kuo earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and a BEd from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan. For the past twenty years he has been an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. He is currently represented by Loveed Fine Arts of New York. His works have been exhibited throughout the United States, Taiwan, Korea, New Zealand, and Poland. Kuo’s work is in public and private collections all over the world, including the Daum Museum in Sedalia, Missouri, Everson Museum of Arts, Syracuse, New York, and Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. “My sculptural work has evolved out of the traditional concept of the vessel, but my interest is not in making functional pots. I retain the understanding of a vase as a space container. However, my fascination lies in using the Inside/Outside space as a format for expression…. It is much more challenging to create abstract forms of my own. I tend to produce simple, universal forms because they evoke multi-dimensional meaning. These geometric and minimalistic forms with their mysterious openings express a sense of the unseen and the unknown.”