is the third son of General Lau Tung Choi, the
Commander of the 63rd Chinese Nationalist Army (circa 1948).
Lau, Ben's father, and his maternal grandfather are accomplished calligraphers. Ben had no idea that he would become an artist
when he went to New York from China. His meeting with the great American
master, Knox Martin (www.knoxmartin.com)
in 1976 set Ben up for his artistic career because Knox Martin told him
that he was the greatest Oriental artist since Hokusai.
In Ben's works can be found the strong
calligraphic and poetic elements. Ben believes that the true artist is a
mediator between beauty and the material world since he is able to work magic
with his subjects. For example, the material apples in Cezanne's painting
and the material sunflowers in Van Gogh's are transcended to take on a
spirituality that cannot decompose and have become timeless. That is the
lesson of the mainstream masters, whom Ben believes himself heir to.
Ben is also the author of www.trueartblog.com, an art blog dedicated to teaching our society on how to appreciate true art.