Hsiao Chin


pintura V, 1959, 139x65 cm



gouache, 1961








Born in Shanghai; father Hsiao Yu-mei, a pioneer in contemporary Chinese music, founded China’s first music school, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, in Shanghai in 1927.


Accompanies uncle Wang Hsueh-ting to Taiwan; transfers from Taichung No.2 Junior High School to Taipei’s Chengkung Junior High School.


Enters the Art Department at Provincial Taipei Teacher’s College under adviser Chou Ying; studies
sketching briefly under Chu Teh-Chun for one month.


Joins Lee Chun-shen’s Antung St. studio, commencing study of modern art. 


Graduates from Taipei Teacher’s College, begins teaching at Ching Mei Elementary School.


Together with Hsia Yan, Wu Hao, Li Yuan-chia, Chen Tao-ming, Hsiao Ming-hsien, Ouyang Wen-yuan, and Ho Kan, participates in the founding of the first Chinese abstract painting movement, the Ton-Fan Art Group in Taipei. In July, receives a scholarship from the Spanish government and heads to Madrid; upon discovering the extreme conservatism of the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, decides not to matriculate there and in November moves to Barcelona.


Once again, perceiving the conservatism of the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes La Lonja, Barcelona, determines not to pursue schooling and looses scholarship. Participates in French Academic Association and Royal Cercle Arts in Barcelona. The same year, Hsiao participates “ Jazz Salon” in Barcelona and is selected as one of the top ten outstanding painters; also, takes part in a series of Salon de Mayo, the most avant garde national exhibition at the time in Spain. First ever solo show at the Mataro Fine Arts Museum near Barcelona. The first Ton-Fan Art Group Exhibition is held at year’s end simultaneously in Taipei and Barcelona Galeria Jardin. Began to make friends with most active abstract artist of Spain at that time. He also writes avant-garde arts series articles of Western Hemisphere for United Daily News, Taipei.


First solo show in Italy, at Florence’s Galleria Numero; moves to Milan.


Founded International Punto Art Movement together with Italian Painter A. Calderara and has been exhibiting in Italy, Spain, Holland and Taipei, and there were several Spanish, French and Dutch artists joining the movement. He held his first Solo Exhibition in Salone Annunciata gallery in Milano and met G. Marconi and entered contract of several years.


Marries Italian painter Giuseppa Pizzo.


Marconi and M. D’Arguian assist Hsiao Chin to enter contractual agreement with the prominent Galerie Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Paris.


Works in Paris for three months; hold solo exhibition at Galerie Internationale d’Art Contemporain.


Works in London for six months; exhibits at the Signals Gallery.


Visits New York for the first time, remains there through 1971; daughter Samantha is born in New York. Solo exhibition at Rose Fried Gallery, New York. Became friend of M. Rothko.


Teaches painting and drawing at Long Island University’s South Hampton College, N.Y.; meets William De Kooning. Separates from Giuseppa Pizzo.


Teaches visual theory at Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design.


Teaches painting and drawing at State University of Louisiana, United States. Travels to Mexico to visits Aztec and Maya architecture.


Founded the international SURYA movement in Milan together with J. Tilson, G. Robusti and Kengiro Azuma. Returns to Taiwan by invitation as the first artist to participate in Taiwan Reconstruction Council; proposes the construction of art museums and the sponsorship of various international arts exchange programs. Major solo exhibition at National Museum of History in Taipei.


Participates by invitation in events in Beijing and Shanghai commemorating the 40th anniversary of father Hsiao Yu-men’s death, Hsiao Chin’s lecture in the Red Flag Hall of the Ministry of Culture on 20th century Western art is well attended. This visit is Hsiao Chin’s first return to China in 31 years.


25th anniversary joint exhibitions of the Ton-Fan and Fifth Moon groups, Taipei.


Teaches art dissection and painting analysis at the Academia di Belle Arti in Urbino, Italy.


Teaches at the Academia di Belle Arti Albertina in Torino, Italy.


Begins teaching printmaking at the Academia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, where he continues to teach until 1997 as a fully tenured professor.


Hsiao is invited by the Chinese government to take part in events celebrating 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Sun Yatsen. Travels and exhibits in Brazil.


Went to USSR to join in Moscow Exhibition of Italian Contemporary Arts and visited Leningrad. Held Grand 30th Retrospective Exhibition in Marconi Art Gallery of Milano.


Daughter Samantha dies in Los Angeles.


Aggrieved by the death of his daughter, creates a new series under the theme “The Great Threshold”, relating his new outlook on life.


Thirty-fifth-year anniversary exhibition of Ton-Fan and Fifth Moon groups, Taipei.


Hsiao Chin Retrospective Exhibition, Taiwan Museum of Art in Taichung.


Retrospective exhibitions at Beijing Central Art Academy and Hangzhou Chinese Art Academy, Hsiao’s first exhibitions in China.


Hsiao Chin: the Odyssey 1953-1994, Taipei Fine Arts Museum.


Hsiao Chin Retrospective Exhibition, Taipei Dimension Endowment of Art; exhibition catalogue is published by Dimensions Art Center. Marries Austrian soprano Monika Unterberger in May. Teaches at Graduate Institute of Plastic Art in Tainan National University of the Arts since October.


A touring exhibition Gathering Force-Beyond the Great Threshold to the New World Series on Hsiao Chin’s recent works from 1990 to 1997 organized by the Dimensions Art Center. It goes on to the Galleria IL PONTE in Florence.


Touring exhibition at the Galerie DI MEO in Paris. “Das Ueberschreiten der grossen Schwelleworks of Hsiao-Chin” at the Institute Mathildenhoehe Darmstadt in Germany. Exhibition in Shanghai Biennial 1998.  


7th Venice International Architecture Biannual (Taiwan Pavillion).


Overseas Collection of Hsiao Chinin Dimension Arts Center.


Held 4 grand retrospect exhibitions in Milano:
Marconi Gallery (1958-2001 Painting Work)
Mudima Arts Foundation (2001 Large size new works)
Studio Lattuada Gallery (Works on paper in previous years)
Spazio Oberdan of Milan Provincial Government (ceramic works)


Honored with 6th Arts Award by Taiwan (Culture and Art Foundation)


Won Do Forni International Print Award of Venice, Italy.


March to the new world-2003 Hsiao Chin Touring Exhibitionssponsored by Taiwan Culture and Arts Foundation.


Feb, Chiao Tung University Arts Center, Hsinchu.
Apr, Taiwan Ocean University Arts Center, Keelung.
May, ChengKung University Arts Center, Tainan.
Sept, Central University Arts Center, Chungli.
Oct, CKS Villa, Chungshan University, Kaoshiung.
Hsiao Chin Solo Exhibition, Dimensions Arts Center.
Between Dec. 2003 and Feb. 2004-Tainan Central of the Art.
Series of touring exhibitions in 6 universities of Taiwan and delivering speeches.


The Journey of Hsiao Chin’s Painting 1958-2004in Shanghai Art Museum.


Award Knight title “Star of Solidarity” by Italian president.


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


Hsiao Chin’s Painting 1954-2004 A Journey back to the sourceat Guangdong Museum of Art in Guanzhou.


Hsiao Chin’s Painting 1954-2004 A Journey back to the source, at Zhongshan Museum of Art.


Hsiao Chin’s Painting 1955-2005, in National Art Museum of China.


Hsiao Chin Solo Exhibition, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.



Grand Opening, Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing, China.


Abstract China, Lin & Keng Gallery, Beijing, China.


Hsiao Chin, TAIYU Beaux Arts Salon, Chiayi City, Taiwan.


New Year Exhibition Opening Ceremony – Space B, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.


Homage to the Master: Retrospective of Hsiao Chin, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.



The Way is not merely between two points, Lin&Lin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.



Hsiao Chin 1955-2010 Art Works, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
Abstract art in Taiwan, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
YES, TAIWAN - 2012 Taiwan Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan