Mr. Xiao Ru-Song (1922~1992) was born in Taipei. Since 1950, Mr. Xiao had taught in Hsinchu County area for nearly 40 years. Mr. Xiao showed his outstanding talents in composition and amazing techniques of using colors in the Tai-Yang Art Exhibition in 1940, yet he never stopped reading, studying and absorbing new concepts from Western art. He continued to self-learn Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism and integrated drawing lines and brush strokes of traditional eastern calligraphy to create his own unique painting style. He also won numerous honors in the Provincial Art Exhibition, Tai-Yang Art Exhibition, Qing-Yun Art Exhibition and Provincial Teacher’s Art Exhibition. His works even received approval of the Provincial Art Exhibition.
Mr. Xiao had a Japanese education during his childhood, which led to his meticulous teaching style. His rule to clean the classroom before he started his “Xiao-ish Arts Lessons” always impressed his students. This meticulous teaching philosophy also reflected Mr. Xiao’s daily lifestyle: waking up at five in the morning and arriving school at seven punctually. He therefore won himself the good name as “the person waking up the Sun”. As Mr. Xiao loved the landscapes of his hometown and contributed to the arts in Taiwan, he was also called “the interpreter of the beauty of Hsinchu Country”. After his teaching, arriving home and finishing meals, he would sit at his desk to study art theory, meditate on his creative works and at the same time urge himself not to be absent from art competitions. His serious and cautious lifestyle, persistence towards painting and a spirit looking for innovation and improvement not merely won himself the good name of “excellent athlete of art education”, but also made him the most important water color painter in Taiwan’s art history.