Lin Yi Hsuan

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Lin Yi Hsuan
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Born in 1985, in the small city of Yi-lan, in Taiwan, Lin Yi Hsuan spent the greater part of his childhood training to be a gymnast. He then chose the career of an artist, studying at the local school and afterwards moving to the capital, where he enrolled in the the Taipei National School of the Arts.
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After completing his studies, Hsuan decided to go against the flow of his artist colleagues who were headed for Europe. He went to Honduras, as a volunteer to work with needy children, and began a personal journey of transformation. One year later, he went to Buenos Aires, where his talent was celebrated by local artists and where he held his first exhibitions in Latin America, in independent spaces. Nevertheless, during this period he had little time for art, because he was working at various jobs in the commerce of the local Taiwanese community.
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It was in Brazil, at the end of 2011, that Hsuan established himself as an artist. As a member of the artist collective PREGUNTAME COMO! at LOGO gallery, he presented a monumental installation of drawings on previously silkscreened paper, garnering the attention of the public, institutions and collectors. His work was subsequently featured at the gallery’s stands at fairs such as SP-Arte, and he participated in group shows in Brazil and Taiwan, such as the exhibition Drawing Now: Contemporary Taiwanese Drawing at Hong-Gah Museum, in Taipei. In 2012, collaborating with the theater group Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters, Hsuan produced the book Be Wild, with more than 700 pages pervaded by his drawings and collages.
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At the solo show See ya in a bit, which opened in March, 2013, at LOGO, Lin Yi Hsuan presented artworks related to his most recent experiences, displacements and relationships in Honduras, Argentina and Brazil. Produced mainly in São Paulo, but also making use of studies and references researched previously, the visual narrative of Hsuan’s journey is unfolded with extreme freedom in the figuration, though in meticulously architected compositions. Complementing the show and released together with it, the book What am I doing here is something like an experimental travel diary, with Hsuan’s reports, photos and drawings. The publication is accompanied by a zine about the future, a poem/poster, and a flag.
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Lin Yi Hsuan believes that a chapter of his artistic career has come to a close in this recent, intense phase. When one considers the course of his production, it is evident that a dynamic visual vocabulary has been constructed in accordance with the spirit of his nomadic condition. His private iconography includes doors, boats, people in hats, and witches, among many other elements, always related to the keywords he chooses to guide each work. Even with structures and an expressive agenda as a starting point, his work maintains ample space for experimenting with possibilities of the form and and exploring complex, untranslatable feelings of the pictorial language.
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September 2013 – January 2014 : Residence programe at the 18th St Art Center, Santa Monica, California

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