• Biography

  • “One should always try to explore the limited physical space to the maximum and to generate maximum energy in the confines of space, to learn in a material world that transcends the boundaries of time, and in so doing to grasp the deeper meanings of life. And it is through my awkward brush work and the bright primary colours that I achieve such goals.”
    — Hsiao Chin, 2015
    Hsiao Chin was born in Shanghai in 1935 and is celebrated as a pioneer of modern abstract art. He is widely recognised in both Eastern and Western art scenes for his major contribution to the development of Chinese modern abstract art. His works can be found in major collections around the world including Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Musée Guimet (Paris), National Galerie (Rome), Long Museum (Shanghai), Song Museum (Beijing) and MGM Chairman’s Collection (Macau). 
    Hsiao Chin drew artistic nourishment from his study of traditional Chinese culture and Eastern philosophies and in the 1950s, started to explore abstract art based on his core concept of ‘Eastern Spirit’: the quest for Eastern spirituality and modern artistic expression. In 1955, with a group of artists who shared his aesthetic vision, Hsiao Chin co-founded the Ton Fan Art Group, the first post-war Chinese modern art group, which blended techniques from traditional Eastern art with Western modernism, while promoting Chinese modern art overseas. In 1956, Hsiao embarked on a series of travels in America and Europe, moving first to Madrid and finally settling in Milan, where he lived for over half a century.
    Like his senior masters Lin Fengmian and Zao Wou-ki who travelled to France, Hsiao Chin was greatly motivated by Western art during his time in Europe, but developed an interest in Zen and Taoism – in particular the ideas of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu – around the 1960s. Drawing artistic nourishment from these studies of traditional Chinese culture and Eastern philosophies, he was capable of understanding and capturing the complex dialects between the void and the solid, strength and weakness. Freely transforming them into his abstract visual language, Hsiao showed great ambition to develop his own style of abstract painting that emphasised the dichotomous nature of the world, and which would be at once distinguishable from, yet reflective of, Western abstract art at that time.
    In 1961, Hsiao Chin co-founded the Punto International Art Movement, the first ever international avant-garde art movement initiated by an Asian artist with the aim of promoting Eastern philosophy of ‘calm contemplation’. Whilst living and working in Europe for nearly 60 years, Hsiao Chin strove to integrate his Eastern philosophical thought with his extensive studies of Western aesthetics and his fascination in space science.
    His resulting body of works mark key periods in Hsiao Chin’s life, including; 1950s Spain and the influence of Eastern philosophy; 1960s Milan, the birth of Punto and the Universal Energy series; Late 60s New York and Hsiao’s Hard Edge period; his 1980s return to Asia and experiencing modern China; the 1990s Eternal Garden series after the devastating loss of his daughter Samantha; through to 2000s where Hsiao revisited his cosmic theme, continuing his spiritual exploration into the energy of the universe. Hsiao’s oeuvre charts his journey of self-discovery and his spiritual quest for transcendence.
    3812 Gallery has represented Hsiao Chin since 2016. In recent years, Hsiao Chin has held major solo exhibitions in Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre (Daugavpils), Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet (Paris), Song Art Museum (Beijing), and China Art Museum (Shanghai). Most recently Hsiao Chin and Punto, at 3812 Gallery London in 2022, was the artist’s first return to the U.K. since 1966, up to the current day and Hsiao Chin: His Unexplored History at 3812 Gallery Hong Kong and To Infinity and Beyond: The Art of Hsiao Chin at MGM Cotai, Art Macau 2023.
    Hsiao Chin passed away peacefully on 30th June 2023 at Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, surrounded by his wife and colleagues of Hsiao Chin Art Foundation. He was 88 years old.
  • Chronology

    1935: Born in Shanghai on January 30. His ancestral home was in Zhongshan City (Original name: Xiangshan), Guangdong province.

    His father Hsiao Yumei (1884-1940) was a pioneer of modern Chinese music education and founded China's first music school, the National College of Music (now renamed as Shanghai Conservatory of Music), in Shanghai, 1927.


    1949: Follows uncle Wang Hsueh-ting to move to Taiwan. Enters Taiwan Provincial Taichung Second Middle School and later transfers to Taiwan Provincial Taipei Cheng Kung High School, starts to learn woodcut printmaking.


    1951: Enters the Art Department of Taiwan Provincial Taipei Normal School (now renamed as National Taipei University of Education) under the famous woodcut printmaker Chou Ying. After school, he also studies sketching under Chu Teh-chun, beginning his artistic journey from Post-Impressionism.


    1952: Joins Li Chun-shan's (1912-1984) Antung Street Studio in Taipei through the introduction of Ho Kan, his senior, and formally commences his research on modern art.


    1953: Studies under Li Chun-shan, whose outdoor sketching classes are held in a teahouse on Sundays, and sketches frequently on the street in Taipei with his classmates.


    1954: Graduates from Taiwan Provincial Taipei Normal School and starts teaching at Taipei Municipal Jingmei Elementary School.


    1955: Founds the first Chinese abstract painting group, Ton-Fan Art Group, together with Hsia Yan, Wu Hao, Li Yuan-chia, Chen Tao-ming, Hsiao Ming-hsien, Ouyang Wen-yuan, and Ho Kan in Taipei at the end of year.


    1956: Receives scholarship from the Spanish government in July and soon heads to Madrid. Upon discovering the extreme conservatism of San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando), Madrid, he resolves not to enrol there and moves to Barcelona in November.


    1957: Drops out of school once again due to the conservatism of La Lonja Superior School of Fine Arts (Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes La Lonja), Barcelona, and hence determines not to pursue schooling and gives up on the scholarship.

    Participates in Maillol Circle (Cercle Maillol) of French Institute of Barcelona and Royal Arts Association, where he meets some of the most active non-figurative artists of the time: A. Tapies, M. Cuixart, J. J. Tharrats, J. Subirachs, A.Saura and M. Millares. At the same time, he writes a series of news articles about the avant-garde Western art for United Daily News, Taipei.
    Presents his first ever solo exhibition at Mataro Fine Arts Museum (Museo Municipal de Mataró) in the province of Barcelona.
    Participates in Jazz Salon in Barcelona and is selected as one of the top ten outstanding painters. He also takes part in May Salon in Barcelona, the avant-garde countrywide exhibition at that time in Spain, for three consecutive years.
    Presents Ton-Fan Art Group Inaugural Painting Exhibition - Chinese & Spanish Modern Artists Joint Exhibition simultaneously at the Shin Sheng Daily News Building, Taipei and Jardin Gallery (Galería Jardin), Barcelona in November.


    1958: Presents a solo exhibition at Fernando Fe’ Gallery (Galería Fernando Fe’), Madrid.


    1959: Presents his first solo exhibition in Italy at Numero Gallery (Galleria Numero), Florence, followed by another solo exhibition at Il Cavallino Gallery (Galleria Il Cavallino), Venice. Moves to Milan later in the same year.


    1960: Presents a solo exhibition at Senatore Gallery (Galerie Senatore), Stuttgart.

    Participates in International Malerei 1960-61 exhibition in Eisenbach.


    1961: Founds the Punto International Art Movement in Milan together with his friends, Italian artist A. Calderara and Japanese sculptor K. Azuma, on August 21. Between 1961 and 1967, he organises thirteen Punto exhibitions in eleven countries across Europe and Asia: Milan, Barcelona, Florence, Taipei, Rotterdam, Rome, Bologna, and Zurich, bringing 26 artists from Spain, France and the Netherlands to join the movement together.

    Presents his first solo exhibition in Milan at Salone Annunciata Gallery (Galleria Salone Annunciata), Milan.
    Presents solo exhibitions at Trastevere Gallery (Galleria Trastevere), Rome, S. Matteo Gallery (Galleria S. Matteo), Genoa, HILT Gallery (Galerie HILT), Basel, and Dorekens Gallery (Galerie Dorekens), Antwerp.
    Participates in Grand Prix de peinture et sculpture in Monte Carlo and The Pittsburgh International Exhibition in Pittsburgh.
    Meets G. Marconi, with whom he develops a long-term collaboration.


    1962: Marries Italian painter Pia Pizzo.

    Presents a solo exhibition at S. Luca Gallery (Galleria S. Luca), Rome.


    1963: Signs a three-year contract with the prominent International Gallery of Contemporary Art (Galerie Internationale d'Art Contemporain), Paris owned by Belgian art dealer M. D'Arquian through the introduction of G. Marconi.

    Participates in The 7th São Paulo Art Biennial in São Paulo, Art Contemporain at Great Palace (Grand Palais), Paris, and Chinesische Künstler der Gegenwart at Municipal Museum (Städtisches Museum), Leverkusen.


    1964: Works in Paris for three months and presents solo exhibitions at International Gallery of Contemporary Art (Galerie Internationale d'Art Contemporain), Paris and Ariete Gallery (Galleria dell’Ariete), Milan.

    Participates in III° premio Scipione nazionale di pittura in Macerata and International Triennial of Colored Graphic Prints in Grenchen.


    1965: Presents a solo exhibition at Maribor Museum (Muzej Maribor), Maribor.

    Participates in VI Mostra Internazionale di Grafica in Ljubljana.


    1966: Flies to London to work for six months, where he meets Richard Lin and presents a solo exhibition at Signals Gallery, London.

    Presents solo exhibitions at Il Canale Gallery (Galleria Il Canale), Venice and Falazik Gallery (Galerie Falazik), Bochum.
    Participates in Musische Geometrie at Arts Society of Hannover (Kunstverein Hannover), Hannover.


    1967: Visits New York for the first time and lives there until 1972. His daughter, Samantha, is born in New York in October. 

    Presents solo exhibitions at T. Brechbuhl Gallery (Galerie T. Brechbühl), Grenchen, Wirth Gallery (Galerie Wirth), Berlin, Marconi Studio (Studio Marconi), Milan, and Rose Fried Gallery, New York, which is the first gallery in US presenting geometric abstraction at that time.


    1968: Presents solo exhibitions at The Pollock Gallery, Toronto and L. Stevens Gallery, Detroit.

    Meets Mark Rothko.


    1969: Teaches painting and sketching at Southampton College of Long Island University, New York; meets Willem de Kooning.

    Presents solo exhibitions at Marconi Studio (Studio Marconi), Milan, Senatore Gallery (Galerie Senatore), Stuttgart, Bensen Gallery, New York, and Interstil Schroer Gallery (Galerie Interstil Schroer), Dortmund.
    Participates in the 164th Annual Exhibition of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and IX Festival de arte '69’ in Cali.
    Separates with Pizzo.

    1970: Presents solo exhibitions at Orez Gallery (Galerie Orez), The Hague, Fonke Gallery (Galerie Fonke), Gent, Marconi Studio (Studio Marconi), Milan, and Sant’Andrea Gallery (Galleria Sant’Andrea), Milan.

    Participates in III Salon International de Galeries Pilotes in Lausanne and Paris.


    1971: Teaches visual theories at European Institute of Design (Istituto Europeo di Design), Milan.

    Presents a solo exhibition at Gallery of Modern Art (Galleria d'Arte Moderna), Gaeta.
    Participates in Italian Painting in Dublin and Belfast.


    1972: Invited by Louisiana State University to give guest lectures on painting and sketching for over 5 months.

    Travels to Mexico to visit Aztec and Mayan art and architecture.
    Presents a solo exhibition at T. Brechbuhl Gallery (Galerie T. Brechbühl), Grenchen.


    1973: Presents a solo exhibition at Schubert Gallery (Galleria Schubert), Milan.


    1974: Presents a solo exhibition at Beaubourg Gallery (Galerie Beaubourg), Paris.
    Participates in Asia Oggi - Rassegna di Grafica Contemporanea in Milan.


    1975: Presents solo exhibitions at Municipal Museum of Modern Art (Museo Civico d'Arte Moderna), Modena and Palace of Diamond (Palazzo dei Diamanti), Ferrara.

    Participates in Momenti e Tendenze del Costruttivismo in Milan.


    1976: Presents a solo exhibition at Punto Gallery (Galería Punto), Valencia.


    1977: Presents solo exhibitions in Milan at Palace of Tourism (Palazzo del Turismo), Marconi Studio (Studio Marconi), Milan, and Zarathustra Gallery (Galleria Zarathustra).

    Participates in Grafici Italiani Contemporanei in Ljubljana and X Quadriennale Nazionale d'arte in Rome.


    1978: Founds the Surya International Art Movement in Milan, which aims at promoting and provoking art and literature movements, and advocates active exchange among different fields of artistic practices to achieve a form of international consensus, together with anthropologist L. Rosso, philosopher E. Biffi Gentili, art critic E. Albuzzi, and artists including K. Azuma, R. Geiger, G. Robusti, J. Tornquist, and J. Tilson. Presents The Surya Group Exhibition in Macerata and Milan between 1978 and 1979.

    Invited to return to Taiwan as the first artist to participate in the National Reconstruction Council, where he proposes the construction of art museums and the sponsorship of various international arts exchange programmes.
    Presents a major solo exhibition at National Museum of History, Taipei.
    Presents solo exhibitions at Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Kandinsky Gallery (Galería Kandinsky), Madrid, Il Peliedro Gallery (Galleria Il Peliedro), Bagheria, Cicconi Gallery (Galleria Cicconi), Macerata, and Messina.
    Participates in Grafica '78 Internazionale in Messina and Ancient Heritage, New Directions in New York.


    1979: Presents a solo exhibition at Municipal Gallery of Macerata (Pinacoteca Comunale di Macerata), Macerata.


    1980: Marks his first return to China after thirty-one years; participates in memorials in Beijing and Shanghai respectively for commemorating the 40th anniversary of death of his father Hsiao Yumei, and gives a talk on Twentieth-Century Western art in the Red Flag Hall of the Ministry of Culture in Beijing which is well attended.

    Presents solo exhibitions at Ideogram Gallery (Galleria Ideogramma), Turin and Printmakers Art Gallery, Taipei. The latter is titled HSIAO CHIN Exhibition.
    Participates in Contemporary International Original Prints Exhibition in Taipei.


    1981: Presents 25th Anniversary Joint Exhibition of Ton-Fan & Fifth Moon Groups at Taiwan Provincial Museum (now renamed as National Taiwan Museum), Taipei in June with the release of an anniversary publication.

    Presents solo exhibitions at Apollo Art Gallery, Taipei and Pancheri Gallery (Galleria Pancheri), Rovereto.


    1982: Participates in Omaggio a P. Matteo Ricci degli artisti cinesi in Macerata and The Chinese response - Paintings by Leading Overseas Artists at Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong.


    1983: Teaches artistic anatomy and picture analysis at Academy of Fine Arts of Urbino (Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino) in Urbino.

    Publishes articles under ‘Letter to Young Artists’ for Taipei’s Artist magazine for nearly two years, a total of 17 letters published.
    Participates in Rigori Astratti della Ragione e Fantasia del Concreto in Ganna, 3rd Biennial of European Graphic Art in Baden-Baden, and Italian Art in Berlin.


    1984: Presents a solo exhibition at Marconi Studio (Studio Marconi), Milan.

    Participates in 7th Norwegian International Print Biennial in Fredrikstad.


    1984-85: Teaches Art Deco at Albertina Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino), Turin.


    1985: Awarded National Art Collection Award of 13th National Visual Arts Prize City of Gallarate (XIII Premio Nazionale Arti Visive Città di Gallarate) in Gallarate and participates in the 13th National Visual Arts Prize City of Gallarate exhibition.

    Featured in the front cover of the second issue of China Art Journal published in 1980s. (The first edition featured Zao Wou-Ki).
    Presents HSIAO CHIN Solo Exhibition – CHI at The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, Hong Kong.
    Co-exhibits HSIAO CHIN.WALASSE TING with Walasse Ting at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei.
    Presents solo exhibitions at University of Messina (Università degli Studi di Messina), Messina, Punto Gallery (Galería Punto), Valencia, and Waterland Museum (Museum Waterland), Purmerend.
    Teaches printmaking at Brera Academy (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera), Milan until 1997 and becomes tenured.


    1985, 1987, 1989: Participates in 2nd, 3rd, 4th International Biennial Print Exhibition in Taipei.


    1986: Invited by the Chinese government to take part in 100th anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-sen.

    Presents solo exhibitions at Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center (Nikolaj Kunsthal), Copenhagen, Mercato del Sale Gallery (Galleria Mercato del Sale), Milan, AM Niemeyer Gallery (Galería AM Niemeyer), Rio de Janeiro, Proscher Gallery (Galería Proscher), Porto Alegre, and La Colonna Gallery (Galleria La Colonna), Italy.
    Participates in Itinerari d'arte Contemporanea in Lisbon and Porto.


    1987: Presents a solo exhibition at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong.

    Participates in 30th International Biennial Print Exhibition in Milan and Contemporary Chinese Painting at Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong.


    1988: Participates in Contemporary Italian Artists at Art Palace, Moscow; visits Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).

    Presents 30-year Retrospective Exhibition: 1958-1988 at Marconi Studio (Studio Marconi), Milan; the exhibition catalogue is published by Gabriele Mazzotta Publishing House (Gabriele Mazzotta Editore).


    1989: Presents solo exhibitions at La Chiocciola Gallery (Galleria La Chiocciola), Padua, Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, and Contemporary Art Gallery, Taichung.

    Founds the International SHAKTI(Chi) Movement in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the first “SHAKTI” was exhibited in Copenhagen, followed by a number of cities such as Aarhus, Gallarate and Milan. SHAKTI draws inspiration from the wealth of energy within nature itself.


    1990: Presents solo exhibitions at Punto Gallery (Galería Punto), Valencia, A. Peola Gallery (Galleria A. Peola), Turin, University of Macerata (Università di Macerata), Macerata, H. Feldmann Gallery (Galerie H. Feldmann), Bern, and Contemporary Art Gallery, Taichung.

    Presents HSIAO CHIN 30 Retrospective Exhibition at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu.
    Participates in Italian Contemporary Arts at Taiwan Provincial Museum of Art (now renamed as National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts), Taichung.
    First visit to South Korea. Daughter Samantha dies in an accident in Los Angeles on the day he leaves Korea.


    1991: Grieving over the death of his daughter, Hsiao Chin stops creating for nine months before starting a new series of large-scale acrylic on canvas under the themes such as The Sublimation of Samantha, Passage Through the Great Threshold, To The Eternal Garden, and Transcending Beyond the Great Threshold, which express his new outlook on life. Marking a turning point in his artistic career, he has a profound sentimental experience with Ch’an philosophy and embarks on a brand-new phase of his artistic development with the iconic series of the same name. Paints with vibrant colours with colourful speckles, which appear in his works since 1985 and become a consistent symbol throughout his creation from 1985 to 1995.

    Presents 35th Anniversary Joint Exhibition of Ton-Fan & Fifth Moon Groups at Shi Dai Gallery, Taipei.
    Participates in Colore e Segno nella Materia in Varese.


    1992: Presents solo exhibitions at Sicard-Iperti Foundation (Fondation Sicard-Iperti), Nice, Contemporary Art Gallery, Taichung, City Hall of Corniani (Municipio di Corniani), Sante Moretto Gallery (Galleria Sante Moretto), Vicenza, and Shi Dai Gallery, Taipei.

    Presents a Retrospective Exhibition at Taiwan Provincial Museum of Art (now renamed as National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts), Taichung.


    1994: Presents retrospective exhibitions at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, which are his first exhibitions in China.

    Presents Beyond the Great Threshold In Memory of Samantha Hsiao (1967-1990) Exhibition in Milan and Perugia at the end of year to commemorate his daughter.


    1995: Presents Hsiao Chin: the Odyssey 1953-1994 solo exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei.

    Participates in Anni 90-Arte a Milano in Milan and L'informale - Materia-Gesto-Segno at Municipal Museum of Modern Art (Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Gallarate), Gallarate.


    1996: Presents Journey of Life solo exhibition at Dimension Endowment of Art Foundation, Taipei.

    Marries Austrian soprano Monika Unterberger in Ebenau, Salzburg on May 18.
    Teaches painting at Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts at the newly founded Tainan National College of the Arts (now renamed as Tainan National University of the Arts), Tainan from October until 2005.
    Participates in Due secoli di Incisione at Brera Academy (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera) in Milan.


    1997: Presents Gathering Force: From Passage through the Great Threshold to Birth of the New World solo exhibition at Dimensions Art Center, Taipei with works created between 1990 to 1997.

    Presents Memory of Ton-Fan Group in Taipei.


    1998: Presents solo exhibitions at Il Ponte Gallery (Galleria Il Ponte), Florence and Di Meo Gallery (Galerie Di Meo), Paris; also presents 1958-1998: Retrospective Exhibition at Mathildenhohe Darmstadt Institute (Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt), Darmstadt.

    Participates in 1st International Ink Painting Biennial at Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, 98 Shanghai Art Biennial at Shanghai Art Museum (now renamed China Art Museum) and Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, and 15th National Art Exhibition of the ROC, Taipei.


    2000: Participates in 7th Biennale Architettura (Taiwan Pavilion) at Venice Biennial (La Biennale di Venezia), Venice.

    Revisits the Cosmic theme and creates a series of new paintings in the theme of Landscapes of the Universe.


    2002: Awarded the Do Forni International Prize for Graphic Art in Venice and National Fine Art Prize presented by National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan.

    Presents retrospective exhibitions in Milan including Ceramic Sculpture Artworks exhibition at Oberdan Space (Spazio Oberdan); Exhibition of Large-size Paintings at Mudima Foundation (Fondazione Mudima); 1958-2002: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings at Marconi Studio (Studio Marconi); and 1958-2000: Retrospective Exhibition of Works on Paper at Lattuada Gallery (Galleria Lattuada).


    2003: Presents March to the New World: 2003 Hsiao Chin Touring Exhibition across Taiwan, organised by National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.

    Presents Solo Exhibition at Leda Fletcher Gallery (Galerie Leda Fletcher) in Geneva.


    2004: Presents The Journey of Hsiao Chin's Painting 1958-2004 retrospective exhibition at Shanghai Art Museum (now renamed as China Art Museum), Shanghai, organised by Dimensions Art Center, Taipei.

    Participates in Identità e diversità at Medici Riccardi Palace (Palazzo Medici Riccardi) in Florence.


    2005: Conferred by the Italian President C.A. Ciampi the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity.

    Retires from Tainan National University of the Arts in Tainan and becomes an emeritus professor.
    Presents Retrospective Exhibition at Acquaviva Palace (Palazzo Acquaviva), Atri, and Civic Museum of Villa Colloredo Mels (Museo Civico Villa Colloredo Mels), Recanati.
    Presents Hsiao-Chin 1954-2004 – A Journey Back to the Source retrospective exhibition at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou and Zhongshan Museum of Art, Zhongshan.
    Participates in Identità e diversità at Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow.


    2006: Invited by the China Artists Association to present Glory to the Source, Hsiao Chin 1955-2005 retrospective exhibition at National Art Museum of China, Beijing.

    Presents Hsiao Chin Solo Exhibition at Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei.


    2007: Exhibits heart-themed paintings at Mazzotta Space (Spazio Mazzotta), Milan and Contemporary and 1900s Art Museum (Museo di Arte Contemporanea e del Novecento), Monsummano Terme.

    Presents at the Grand Opening Beijing group exhibition and Abstract China group exhibition at Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing.
    Co-exhibits with Xiong Bingming and Wang Keping at Taiyu Beaux Arts Salon, Chiayi.


    2008: Presents Retrospective Exhibition at University of Parma (Università di Parma) in Parma.


    2009: Presents Hsiao Chin. In-finite journey 1955-2008 retrospective exhibition at Bovisa Triennial (Triennale Bovisa) in Milan.


    2010: Presents Infinity of Chi: Retrospective of Hsiao Chin retrospective exhibition at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung in October.


    2011: Presents Hsiao Chin 1955-2010 Art Works solo exhibition at Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei.


    2012: Participates in the Taiwan Biennial at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung in October, Exploring the Wasteland – the Eight Highwaymen of the East group exhibition at Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung, and Formless Form – Taiwanese Abstract Art group exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei.


    2013: Presents Great ALL solo exhibition at Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei in July.

    Awarded the 11th Art & Business Award from Ministry of Culture, Taiwan in November for promoting modern art.


    2014: Founds the Hsiao Chin Art Foundation and settles in Kaohsiung.

    Presents Hsiao Chin Eternal Energy solo exhibition at Lotus Art Gallery, Kaohsiung and Infinite Energy solo exhibition at Kuo Mu Sheng Foundation, Taipei.
    Participates in Abstract/Symbol/Oriental, Exhibition of Taiwan's Masters of Modern Art at Liang Gallery, Taipei.


    2015: Presents 60 Years of Abstraction, Harmony and Form exhibition at de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong in May.

    Transports a series of 3D artworks and ceramics from Milan to Taiwan, which are made for commemorating Samantha and unseen in his exhibitions in Asia, for the Eighty Years of Energy: Hsiao Chin’s Retrospect & Prospect exhibition at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung in October.


    2016: Conferred by former Taiwanese President Ma Yingjeou the Order of Brilliant Star for his lifetime contribution and achievement in art and cultural development.

    Presents Novel Energy: The End is the Beginning at Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei.
    Signs an exclusive worldwide gallery representation with 3812 Gallery, with his first solo exhibition, Hsiao Chin Solo Exhibition: Endless Energy, at the gallery in Hong Kong.
    Participates in Summer Show 2016 Artists Group Exhibition at 3812 Gallery Hong Kong and 3812 Artists Group Exhibition at Fine Art Asia 2016 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.


    2017: Presents Hsiao Chin Salon Show: 1960’s, An Important Era and Hsiao Chin Art Archival Exhibition: The Origin at 3812 Gallery Hong Kong.

    Presents From China to Taiwan: The First Avant-Garde Abstract 1955-1985 Exhibition at Museum of Ixelles (Musée d’Ixelles), Brussels.
    Publishes A Historical Dialogue with Art in July; founds the Hsiao Chin Children Art Education Center in August.
    Organises A Historical Dialogue with Art Book Launch at Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and another launch at China Art Museum, Shanghai, together with 2018 Hsiao Chin Coming Home Retrospection Exhibition Press Conference in September.
    Presents Eternity Preface: Hsiao Chin's Solo Exhibition at the Central Gallery of Taiwan Kaohsiung International Airport in November.


    2018: Presents ZEN﹒ART Bright Light – Homage to Ascendence solo exhibition at Tsz Shan Monastery, Hong Kong in February.

    Presents To An Infinite Ascendence solo exhibition at 3812 Gallery Hong Kong and Hsiao Chin Coming Home major retrospective exhibition at China Art Museum, Shanghai in March, which marks the artist’s triumphant return his birthplace.
    Presents Hsiao Chin. Spiritual Energy solo exhibition at Lotus Art Gallery, Kaohsiung in April.
    Participates in HSIA Yan and His Times at Eslite Gallery, Taipei in August, and Pulse / Thread Artists Group Exhibition at 2018 ART TAIPEI in October.
    Commissioned by Pansy Ho, Co-chairperson of MGM China Holding Ltd, Hsiao Chin creates a 9-metre long Dancing Light painting for the MGM Cotai Chairman’s Collection in Macau, which is permanently on display in the hotel’s main lobby.


    2019: Presents Les Couleurs du Zen: Peintures de Hsiao Chin major solo exhibition at the prestigious Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts (Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet) in Paris from March to June. It is the first major solo exhibition presented by Guimet for a Chinese artist, together with a published catalogue, since Sanyu’s solo exhibition in 2004. A parallel exhibition is also held at Hsiao Chin Art Foundation in Kaohsiung.

    Presents Hsiao Chin: The Colours of Ch'an painting exhibition at 3812 Gallery Hong Kong from March to April in parallel with the major exhibition at Guimet.
    Presents the first large-scale solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Hsiao Chin – Infinite Universe selling exhibition at Sotheby’s S|2 Hong Kong Gallery in September and showcases his complete series of Glass Mosaic works for the first time.
    Presents PUNTO. HSIAO CHIN solo exhibition at 2019 ART TAIPEI in October with a series of important works from 1960s.
    Presents New Energy. Reunification solo exhibition at Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan in November.


    2020: In celebration of the artist’s 85th birthday, Hsiao Chin Art Foundation in Kaohsiung presents Hsiao Chin: The Combination of New Energy solo exhibition opening on January 30 (Hsiao Chin’s birthday).

    To celebrate Hsiao Chin’s 85th birthday and this milestone year, Hsiao Chin’s major retrospective exhibition, In my beginning is my end: the art of Hsiao Chin, will open at the Mark Rothko Art Centre (Marka Rotko Makslas Centrs) in Daugavpils from 31st July to 25th October 2020.
    3812 Gallery London will present a major solo exhibition of Hsiao Chin, which is the artist’s first solo exhibition in London since 1966.
    Hsiao Chin and Punto: Mapping Post-War Avant-Garde, a new monograph focusing on Hsiao Chin and his immense contribution to the development of avant-garde art as Co-founder of the Punto International Art Movement, was published by Unicorn in June.