Keng-Fu Chu, better known as Fu, is a multiple-disciplinary artist from Taiwan. He majored in industrial design and taught himself web design while attending college. After graduating from school, he established his own design studio (http://www.fu-design.com
) where he engaged in interactive web and illustration design. Fu's work has won him accolades from throughout the world and he has featured in Illustration Now—the top 150 illustrators—and web design magazines in Taiwan, Korea, America, Germany and the United Kingdom. His portfolio website was accepted as a nominee for the Webby Awards and the Favorite Website Awards.
In 2006, a serious illness took away half of Fu's hearing and he was temporarily forced to cease his design and illustration work. After radiation surgery (gamma knife), Fu suffered from an even more painful condition, Trigeminal Neuralgia
(TN). Fu experienced extreme facial pain as a result of the TN and this ruined his daily life and tested his faith. In an attempt to distract himself from his pain and suffering, Fu returned to his art and began to create sculptures of robots. Instead of using art to release the pain and fury he experienced, Fu learnt how to face the pain head on and channel positive emotions through his vivid creations. Fu's robots are full of happiness, joy and energy. They are stylish, cute and colorful and they strongly reflect Fu's passion for life.
In 2010 Fu and his wife launched the Fu-design Store (http://store.fu-design.com
) in New York. It offers art lovers a variety of high quality graphic products, all of which have been designed by Fu himself. The Fu-design Store collaborates with manufacturers from around the world to produce a wide variety of colorful robot graphic products; these include life-warranty canvas prints, iPad covers, graphic trucker hats, iPhone capsule cases, laptop sleeves, etc. The store’s graphic products have been featured on TUAW, Macworld, MacLife, The Next Web, Fab.com, and TVBS News. From Taiwan to New York, Fu wants to use his story to encourage people to overcome their difficulties through art and creativity. Above all else, he hopes that his cheerful robots will inspire his customers and give them hope.