早在學生時代，邱錫勛老師常在課暇之於為報章雜誌繪製漫畫、插畫工讀為生，並展現出對畫畫不尋常的熱情。之後，以筆名山巴， 開始出版自己的漫畫，許多有名的創作，如 “三八情報員"、"三八小姐" 等系列都是出自他手。他的畫筆流利生動、畫風誇張卻不失真，活靈活現地反應現實社會與人民生活狀況，也因此得到廣大讀者的迴響。但是在戒嚴的年代，他的作品時常遭到審查員百般刁難，而有時因為漫畫內容太據爭議性，甚至被檢警監禁。後來，當他聽聞有一個漫畫家因被質疑諷刺軍方，而遭到處決時，他決定不再畫漫畫。
但愛畫畫的天性使然 ，他投入傳統的水墨、油畫與水彩畫，但這些無法滿足他。有一天，看著鋪路工人鋪路看著出神，突然靈機一動，心想 “柏油是否也能作畫？" 他便跟工人要了一些柏油來實驗，並在化工博士朋友的幫助下，成功地將柏油變成一種新的畫作素材。1980年代，他的作品遭到台灣保守派藝術家無情地批評，說他對傳統不敬。隔年，赴美展出時，新奇的柏油作品立刻造成歐美藝術界的轟動，屢獲好評。邱錫勛老師還曾被邀請到梵諦岡為教宗親自示範柏油畫。連美國前總統柯林頓也曾力邀會面並收藏他的柏油畫作。邱錫勳老師對畫畫的熱情、執著與創意為他開拓一片他屬於他自己的藝術天空。
Early on in his student career, Master Chiu worked as a part-time cartoonist for a newspaper and showed an unusual passion for drawing. He later started to publish his own comic series that vividly captured life of ordinary people and mockingly reflected societal conditions. During the martial law era, his work was closely scrutinized and inspected by the national publishing agency and there were times he had to be bailed out because of his controversial work. After learning a fellow cartoonist was executed for mocking the military agency, he decided to quit drawing cartoon.
Though he could quit drawing cartoons, he could not quit his love for drawing. He briefly engaged in more traditional painting like oil and watercolor painting, but he was not satisfied. When he saw some workers paving roads in front of his house, he started thinking that “Can I paint with asphalt?" He experimented with the little asphalt he got from the workers, and with the help from his chemical engineer friend, they got it to work. In 1980, he was brutally criticized by the local Taiwanese conservative artists as being disrespectful to the tradition. A year later, he had the opportunity to exhibit his work in New York. The sensation of asphalt paintings immediately caught people’s attention and the exhibition went extremely successful. He was invited by the Vatican demonstrating the process of asphalt painting to the Pope. Even former US president Bill Clinton is a collector of his artwork. Master Chiu’s passion, persistence and creativity for painting opened up a new sky for his art world.
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