He contributes to the creation of the Juelan group that promotes a synthesis of European techniques and Asian sensibility while freeing art from religion and literature. Chen is thus one of the first Asian artists to systematically practice the oil on canvas. His personal style is a post-Impressionism influenced by the colors of Fauvism.
Chen came back in 1933 in his hometown of Chia-Yi. A sunset at Danshui 92 x 117 cm painted in 1935 was sold for HK $ 51M including premium at Christie's on November 25, 2007.
Influenced by the art of Bada Shanren of the early Qing, Chen rediscovered the solutions of Impressionism favoring the spontaneity of the brush instead of the drawing. The lush tropical vegetation of Chia-Yi Park is one of his most successful themes. An oil on canvas 61 x 73 cm painted in 1937 is for sale on October 5 by Sotheby's in Hong Kong, lot 1007.
Chen Cheng-Po was a lifelong activist. He will be shot by the Kuomintang in 1947.