Hsiao Chin (Xiao Qin) 蕭勤
Shanghai, China 1935


“Everything is born inside. The further I move forward the more I’m convinced that I live in two different worlds: one physical and one spiritual. I prepare calmly for a new journey which will have to be natural and free from suffering... I try to understand and see the Divine in the Whole. The Whole is in the Divine. It will be important to remember and realise who we’ve always been”





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.



Hsiao Chin with his parents and little sister, Shanghai. 


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


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

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



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.

Hsiao Chin in front of the church of the Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudى, Barcelona.



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.



Hsiao Chin (second from left) at the opening of the exhibition of the "Ton-Fan" group at the Palacio de la Virreina, Barcelona.



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



Fourth exhibition of the "Ton-Fan" group, Taipei.



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.



Marries the Italian painter Pia Pizzo.


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



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



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

Hsiao Chin in the Signals Gallery, London.



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.



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.



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



Schubert Gallery, Milan. The artist in a picture of Nino Lo Duca.



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.



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.



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.



Begins teaching printmaking at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan 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 Sun Yat-sen. Travels and exhibits in Brazil.



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.

Paintings of Hsiao Chin at the Exhibition of Italian Art at the Exhibitions Palace, Moscow.



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. 35th-year anniversary exhibition of Ton-Fan and Fifth Moon groups, Taipei.



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



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



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



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.



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



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.



VII International Architecture Biennal, Taiwan Pavilion, Venice.



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.



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



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



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.

Ceremony in which Hsiao Chin was awarded with the decoration of Knight of the Star of Solidarity, Taipei. Hsiao Chin and the Honorable Gustavo Selva.



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



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.





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