LIN HUNG-HSIN


Born in Yunlin, Taiwan in 1975, Lin Hung-Hsin received his MFA from the National Taiwan University of Arts.

Before being devoted to artistic practice as a full-time artist, Lin had been working as an advertising designer for almost 15 years. His paintings feature a realistic expression, but are different from the objective representation of the American photorealism. Instead, he adopts a strong subjective perspective while combining two-dimensional vector symbols and images of visual spaces with his personal experiences and illusions. In his works, he intentionally simplifies the colors and the composition. Through the objects, the symbols, the colors, and the contours in the paintings, Lin creates a connection with the realistic subjects (figures) to visualize his inner perception of the surroundings.

He borrows the character “flâneur” from Walter Benjamin’s (1892-1940) works as the main subject in his works. With the face painted with white powder and the costume corresponding to the environment, the flâneur anonymously observes the city. The “flâneur” in Lin’s paintings is a complicated self-reflection of the artist, through which the artist offers himself a temporary getaway from the reality so that he can take shelter in his subconscious self-indulgence. Through these portraits in various sizes, Lin attempts to challenge viewers’ visual experience and the way they see a painting, creating a connection beyond time and space.

Lin Hung-Hsin has participated in many art competitions and received several awards in Taiwan. In 2012 and 2016, he had solo exhibitions named “A Place to Turn Around” and “A Collection of Microcracks” at Liang Gallery. Lin’s works had been exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, London and Singapore. He currently lives and works in Hsinchu.

EDUCATION

  • 2011  MFA, Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2004  BFA, Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

AWARDS

  • 2010  Stroll: Monologue, Kaohsiung Awards, Selected, Taiwan
  • 2009  Stroller I: Stagnation, National Taiwan University of Arts Graduate Work Publication, 3rd Place, Taiwan
  • 2004  Longing, The 58th Taiwan Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition, Merit Award in Water Color Painting, Taiwan
  • 2004  Gray’s Poetry, The UBF Rising Artist Award by Union Culture Foundation, Merit Award in Oil Painting, Taiwan
  • 2003  Old Dog: Incomplete, Student Teacher Group Exhibition of National Taiwan University of Arts, 2nd Place in Oil Painting, Taiwan
  • 2002  Expectation, The 56th Taiwan Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition, 2nd Place in Water Color Painting, Taiwan
  • 2001  Quiet Room, National Taiwan University of Arts Campus Anniversary Exhibition, Merit Award, Taiwan
  • 2001  Secret Fragrance, The Art Exhibition of Chiayi City, 1st Place, Taiwan

COLLECTIONS

  • 2017  Autoreproduction, Art Bank, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2014  Flâneur: Snail’s Residence, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
  • 2014  Hovering Over the City, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
  • 2014  A Place to Turn Around II, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
  • 2012  A Place to Turn Around I, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
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SOLO EXHIBITONS

  • 2016  “A Collection of Microcracks”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2014  “Art Solo”, Expo Dome, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012  “A Place to Turn Around”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011  “Flâneur”, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2004  “Gray Poetry”, UNO Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • “Art Düsseldorf 2017”, Areal Böhler, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • “Art Taipei 2017”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Taipei 2016”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Zhuang Tai”, Yuan Ze University Arts Center, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • “Art Taipei ”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art in the Library II – Summer Festival Exhibition”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art15 London”, Olympia London, London, United Kingdom
  • “Freshness of March”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Kaohsiung”, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • “Walking by Taiwanese Art: 1927-2014”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Taipei 2014”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “2014 Taiwan Biennial – Yes, Taiwan”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “BolognaFiere Shanghai – International Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China
  • “Art Taichung”, Millennium Hotels, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “Young Art Taipei”, Regent Taipei Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Tainan”, Tayih Landis Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan
  • “Art14 London”, Olympia London, London, United Kingdom
  • “Kiss Kiss My Baby Charity Event”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Stage Singapore”, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
  • “Art Kaohsiung”, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • “Art Taipei 2012”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Exploring With a Balloon – Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “The Delightful Color of Spring”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Celebrating Spring Together – Group Exhibition of Ten Contemporary Artists”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “The Art Exhibition of Chiayi City Collection”, Hsinchu and Keelung City Cultural Center, Hsinchu, Keelung, Taiwan
  • “The Exhibition of Kaohsiung Awards”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • “Contemporary Light Track Through the History” Video Exhibition, Beitou Citizens Activities Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School Master Student Exhibition”, Hsinchu Railway Art Village, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • “Gleaners: The Art Exhibition of Chiayi City Collection”, Chiayi City Cultural Center, Chiayi, Taiwan
  • “Fu Zhou: Talking Nonsense” Installation Exhibition, Panchiao Community University, Taipei, Taiwan

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