A leading figure in Post-War European and Chinese Art, Hsiao Chin, 85, has always been held in high esteem. As one of the artists who brought abstraction and modern art into Asia, his work can be found in major collections around the world, from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to Hong Kong's M+.
Moreover, his art has become increasingly visible of late.
Last September, Sotheby's S|2 Gallery presented the artist's largest solo exhibition in Hong Kong. He was also one of nine artists showing at Eli Klein Gallery's "Painting from Taiwan" exhibition which ran from August to October 2019 in New York.
This year, the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia will mount a major retrospective with works spanning across six decades. Titled "In my beginning is my end: the art of Hsiao Chin," the exhibition will open from 31 July through 25 October 2020. There will also be an upcoming solo exhibition in London in April at 3812 Gallery, a Chinese contemporary art gallery with spaces in London and Hong Kong; and a dedicated presentation of the artist's works by the same gallery at Masterpiece London in June.
The answer for the contemporary appeal of Hsiao's modern art is quite simple-his artistic language lies in the often ignored yet highly resonant enmeshment of love, art and spirituality.
Speaking to CoBo Social in an email interview, the artist, who was born in Shanghai but spent most of his life in Europe, the United States and Taiwan, shared that his art comes from a place of personal depth. "The emotions and energies in my paintings make people feel and understand love," said Hsiao.