Established in 1983, the International Biennial Print Exhibit R.O.C is one of the longest running international print exhibitions in the world today. The mission of the event is to promote international cultural exchange, and to strengthen the mutual understanding of artistic values between the East and the West. The exhibition also gathers up the crème de la crème of works created by printmakers from around the world, which in turn elevates the practices and standards of printmaking artistry in our own country. The cumulative effect of these decades of effort has garnered an enthusiastic response and support from international printmakers. The biennial event has not only contributed to Taiwanese printmaking creativity and practices, but has also attained a level of respect and affirmation as a main international event in printmaking art.
Over the years, the International Biennial Print Exhibit R.O.C has provided a broad platform for domestic and international printmakers. The colliding of creative printmaking concepts along with developments in creative techniques, and the emergence of digitalization has brought about a shift in traditional printmaking content and methods of expression. These changes in the appearance of traditional printmaking display a different artistic characteristic. Coupled with the reflections of contemporary artists on socials concerns expressed in their work, print art has entered a new era. The exhibition also serves as a bridge connecting Taiwanese artists to the world international printmaking, and has nurtured many excellent printmaking talents. The process of the event: a call for submissions, organizing the exhibition as well as art seminars, greatly boosts the production and development of printmaking in Taiwan.