Hsiao Chin

1935 Shanghai China


Born in 1935 in Shanghai, Hsiao Chin is part of a second generation of Chinese diaspora painters. He moved to Taiwan in 1949, and in 1955 graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the National Taiwan Normal University, having studied drawing under Chu Teh-chun. In 1956, Hsiao co-founded the Ton-Fan art movement, which in contrast to the Fifth Moon Group, sought to situate itself as part of other international modern art movements. He went on to organise over thirty overseas exhibitions for the Ton-Fan group, bringing a new era of Taiwan art to the world stage. He later founded the Punto movement. In 1956, the Spanish Government awarded Hsiao an art scholarship to be completed in Barcelona. In 1959, he settled in Milan, and continued to live in Italy for over forty years while travelling to Paris, London, New York and Asia. In 1996, he returned to Taipei as a Professor of Painting at the Tainan National University of the Arts. In 2005, he retired and was awarded the title of Knight and “Star of Solidarity” by the Italian president.

Alisan Fine Arts has included Hsiao in several important group shows and organised two solo exhibitions for the artist in 1987 and 1993. Hsiao has held numerous solo shows and has been included in group exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has also personally organised several travelling exhibitions of Chinese art in Europe, and of European contemporary art in Taiwan. Several retrospective exhibitions have been held in honour of the artist, including at Studio Marconi, Milan in 1988, the National Taiwan Museum of Fines Arts in 1992, Shanghai Art Museum and Guangdong Art Museum in 2004, National Art Museum of China, Beijing in 2006, and the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. In 2000 he exhibited at the 7th Venice Biennale of Architecture. His works have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome; Museo de Arte Moderno, Barcelona; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany; Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne; Taipei National Fine Arts Museum; National Museum of History, Taipei; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum.


1935 Born in Shanghai, China. Son of Hsiao Yo-Mei, composer, conductor, and founder of the National Conservatory in Shanghai

1949 Moved to Taiwan with his family

1951 Entered the National Taiwan Normal University and studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts until 1955

1951-55 Studied painting and drawing in Taipei with Li Chun-Sen

1956 Received a scholarship from the Spanish government and went to Barcelona, Spain
Met the Spanish “Informalism” group including artists such as Tapies, Saura, Cuixart, Millares, and Feito
Proceeded to travel and work in Spain, France, England and Italy

1957 Founding member of the first Chinese Abstract Art Movement, the “ Ton Fan Group”, Taipei, Taiwan

1959 Moved to Milan, Italy, and there became acquainted with Fontana, Manzoni, and Castellani

1961 Founding member of the International Punto Movement, Milan, Italy

1964-72 Worked and lived in Paris, London, New York and Milan

1969 Taught painting and design at Southampton College, Long Island, New York City, USA

1974 Be granted Italian citizenship

1978 Founding member of the International Art Movement “Surya”, Milan, Italy

1983 Taught artistic anatomy at the Academy of Fine Arts, Urbino, Italy

1985 Taught technique at the Brera Academy, Milan, Italy

1986 Invited to the Commemoration Ceremony of the 120th Anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-Sen

1988 Studio Marconi in Milan organized a large retrospective exhibition of Hsiao Chin’s work from 1958 to 1988

1990 The University of Macerata honoured him with a show of his Tienanmen series, created during his stay in Mainland China in 1989

1992 The Taiwan Museum of Art honoured him with a retrospective show of his works from the years 1955 to 1992

2005 Award Knight title “Star of Solidarity” by Italian President

Retired from Tainan National University of the Arts, and awarded as “Emeritus Professor”

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

  • Hsiao Chin, De Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Art Taipei 2015, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Eternal Energy永恒能量, Lotus Art gallery荷軒新藝空間, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • YES, TAIWAN - 2012 Taiwan Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Abstract Art in Taiwan, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Homage to the Master: Retrospective of Hsiao Chin, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Hsiao Chin, Taiyu Beaux Arts Salon, Chiayi City, Taiwan
  • Hsiao Chin’s Painting 1955-2005, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • Travelling Exhibition at Chiao Tung University Arts Centre, Hsin Chu; Taiwan
  • Ocean University Arts Centre, Keelung; Central University Arts Centre, Chungli; Chenkung University Art Centre, Tainan National University, Tainan; Chungshan Unversity, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Exhibition of works on paper, on canvas and ceramic, Galleria Marconi, MIlan, Italy
  • Fondazione Mudima, Studio Lattuada, Spazio Oberdan
  • 7th Biennial International of Architecture of Vience, Italy
  • Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China
  • Flash Art Museum, Umbria, Italy
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
  • 1st exhibition in China, Central Art Academy, Beijing; China Art Academy, Hangzhou China
  • A Taoist Way to Colour: Recent Paintings by Hsiao Chin, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Contemporary Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Taiwan Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan
  • International Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Contemporary Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, Hong Kong
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • National Museum of History; Lung Men Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Civic Museum of Modern Art, Modena, Italy
  • Museum of Maribor, Maribor, Yugoslavia
  • Municipal Museum, Mataró, Spain

Selected Awards 

  • First Prize of the XXI Premio Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Sulmona (AQ), Italy


  • First Achievement Award from the Li Chun-Sen Foundation of Contemporary Painting, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Prize awarded at the XIII Art Awards in the city of Gallarate, Italy


  • Gold medal of Norwegian International Print Biennale, Fredristad, Norway


  • Second Prize of International Art, Filottrano, Italy


  • Masters of Italian Painting Prize, Marsala, Italy


  • Capo d’Orlando painting prize

Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

New York Public Library, New York, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA

Fogg Art Museum, Boston, USA

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany

Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Museo de Arte Moderno, Barcelona, Spain

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Barcelona, Spain

National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan