Biography


Hsiao Chin 1935

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


1949

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


1951

Enters the Art Department at Provincial Taipei Teacher’s College.


1952

Joins Li Chun-shan’s Antung St. studio, commencing formal study of modern art.


1956

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 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, resolves not to matriculate there and in November moves to Barcelona.


1957

Once again, perceiving the conservatism of the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes La Lonja, Barcelona, determines not to pursue schooling and loses scholarship. Participates in French Circle Maillol Association and Royal Arts Association in Barcelona. The same year, Hsiao participates in the Barcelona IV Jazz Salon 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 one-man show at the Mataró Fine Arts Museum near Barcelona. The firs Ton-Fan Art Group Exhibition is held at year’s end simultaneously in Taipei and Barcelona’s Galeria Jardin.


1959

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


1961

In Milan, creates Punto Art Movement together with the Italian artist A. Calderara; exhibition are held in Milan, Barcelona, Albissola, Florence, Taipei, Rotterdam, Macerata, Roma, Bologna, and Zürich; and numerous Spanish, French and Dutch artists join the movement. Holds first Milan solo exhibition at the Galleria Salone Annunciata, meets Giorgio Marconi, with whom he enters a long term collaboration.


1962

Marries the Italian painter Pia Pizzo.


1963

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


1964

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


1966

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


1967

Visits New York for the first time, remains there through 1972; daughter Samantha is born in New York. Solo exhibition at Rose Fried Gallery, New York; meets Mark Rothko.


1969

Teaches painting and drawing at Long Island University’s Southampton College; meets William De Kooning. Separates from Pia Pizzo.


1971 - 1972

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


1972

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


Hsiao Chin 1978

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


1980

Participates by invitation in events in Beijing and Shanghai commemorating the 40th anniversary of father Hsiao You-mei’s death, Hsiao’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.


1981

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


1983 - 1984

Teaches art dissection and picture analysis at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Urbino.


1984 - 1985

Teaches Art Decoration at the Accademia di Belle Arti Albertina in Torino.


1985

Begins teaching printmaking at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan until 1997 as a fully tenured professor.


1986

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


1988

Exhibition of Contemporary Italian Artists, Moscow: visits Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Major 30-year retrospective exhibit at the Studio Marconi, Milan; exhibition catalogue is published by Gabriele Mazzotta Editore.


1990

Daughter Samantha dies in Los Angeles.


1991

Aggrieved by the death of his daughter, creates a new series under the theme The Great Threshold, relating his new outlook on life. 35th-year anniversary exhibition of Ton-Fan and Fifth Moon groups, Taipei.


1992

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


1994

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


1995

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


1996

Marries the Austrian soprano Monika Unterberger in May. Teaches painting at Graduate Institute of Plastic Art in Tainan National University of the Arts from October continues to 2005.


1997

An exhibition Gathering Force on Hsiao’s recent works from 1990 to 1997 organized by the Dimensions Art Center.


1998

Exhibition of recent works at Galleria Il Ponte in Florence, Galerie Di Meo in Paris and a retrospective exhibition from 1958-1998 at Institut Mathildeh in Darmstadt.


2002

In January 22nd, the Milan Province’s Oberdan Space dedicates to him a ceramic sculptures exhibit, Milan’s Mudima Foundation dedicated him a recent large size painting exhibit, Milan’s Mudima Foundation dedicated him a recent large size painting exhibit, Milan’s Giò Marconi Gallery dedicated him a retrospective exhibit of paintings on canvas and also Lattuada Gallery in Milan a retrospective exhibit of Hsiao Chin’s work on paper, both from 1958 to 2001. National Fine Art Prize from National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.


2003Hsiao Chin

Series of touring exhibitions in 6 universities of Taiwan and delivering speeches.


2004

The Journey of Hsiao Chin’s painting 1958-2004 at the Shanghai Art Museum.


2005

In January 7th was conferred by the Italian President C.A. Ciampi the honorable title of “Knight of Italian Solidarity Star”. Retrospective exhibition at Civic Museum Villa Colloredo of Recanati, Italy; retrospective exhibitions Hsiao Chin 1954-2004, a Journey back to the Source at Guangdong Art Museum & Zhongshan Art Museum.


2006

Glory to the Source, Hsiao Chin 1955-2005 retrospective exhibition at National Art Museum of China in Beijing.


2007

Mostra presso lo Spazio Mazzotta, a Monsummano Terme al Museo di Arte Contemporanea e del Novecento, in occasione del 5° Premio Internazionale Biennale d’Incisione.