2020 Hualien International Stone Sculpture Symposium. Hualien, Taiwan 2019 Waregem, Belgium. 2018 Chia Yi, Taiwan 2018 Kaniv, Ukraine 2018 Obernkirchen, Germany 2018 Bayssan, France 2018 Baarlo, the 2017 Hualien International Stone Sculpture Symposium. Hualien, Taiwan 2017 Chia Yi, Taiwan 2016 Qing Dao, China 2016 Julienne, France 2016 Hokitika, New Zealand 2015 Mosa, South Korea 2015 Buyukcekmece, Turkey 2015 Differdange, Luxenberg 2014 Hualien International Stone Sculpture Symposium. Hualien, Taiwan 2014 Horice, Czech Republic 2014 Te Kupenda, New Zealand 2013 Icheon, South Korea 2012 "Stone In The Galilee". Israel. 2012 Thailand 2012 Penza, Russia 2011 Sculpture in Time －Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum 2011 Shin De Ke Hun , Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum 2007 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Collection Contest, Excellence prizes.
After having graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts, Hou was trained by his senior, Hsien-Ming Chiang, and to practice and learn more about stone sculptures. He always works with high concentration, thinking only about the innovation of his work. He doesn’t plan much ahead about his own future development, but seizes each opportunity o learn and experience.
The pureness that deviates from real life in his work must come from this. Hou believes that the appearance is constituted from one’s inner nature. That is, the character, preference and feeling of the sculpture will decide how the work is formed. Therefore, he deeply believes that “Creation is an expression of the soul but not merely an operation.”
His works are often inspired by his habit of life observation, from which it not only brings the senses of touch toward the details of nature and the feeling in life, but also an accumulation of his creation materials. Therefore, his creation is his inner cry and thirst for answers, and the process of creation is the response to his own emotion. Once the sculpture is done, the Self gets an answer and achieves a sense of satisfaction. Stone is such a hard, heavy and lifeless material so that only if the emersion of thoughts and technology the artist can create a work with human warmth.