Hsiao Chin

“One should always try to explore the limited physical space to the maximum and to generate maximum energy in the confines of space, to learn in a material world that transcends the boundaries of time, and in so doing to grasp the deeper meanings of life. And it is through my awkward brush work and the bright primary colours that I achieve such goals.”
— Hsiao Chin, 2015

Asian art master Hsiao Chin is celebrated as a leading figure in the post-war development and widely recognised in both Eastern and Western art scenes for his substanciall contributions to the development of Chinese modern abstract art. As the co-founder of the Ton Fang Art Group, Hsiao Chin initiated and fostered the Punto International Art Movement in 1961.

Dancing Lights-8, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

Dancing Light – 8, Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 140 cm, 1963

In the 1950s, Hsiao Chin started to explore abstract art which was based on his core concept of “Eastern Spirit”: the quest for Eastern spirituality and modern artistic expression. Hsiao established his own artistic approach as well as a unique vision on how art should be created. Like his senior masters Lin Fengmian and Zao Wou-ki who travelled to France, Hsiao Chin was greatly motivated by Western art during his stay in Spain and subsequently moved to Italy, but developed an interest in Zen and Taoism – in particular the ideas of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu – around the 1960s. Drawing artistic nourishment from his study of traditional Chinese culture and Eastern philosophies, he was capable of understanding and capturing the complex dialects between the void and the solid, strength and weakness. Freely transforming them into his abstract visual language, Hsiao showed great ambition to develop his own style of abstract painting that emphasized the dichotomous nature of the world, which would be at once distinguishable from, yet reflective of, Western abstract art at that time. Having lived and worked abroad for 60 years, Hsiao has been successfully integrated his extensive studies of Western aesthetics and Eastern philosophies, as well as his interest in space science, in his artistic creation. With the efforts of self-discovery and a spiritual quest for transcendence, Hsiao’s creative process is rooted in his perpetual exploration of the deepest meanings in man’s spiritual world. With the endless adventure of abstract art and self-reflection, throughout his lifetime Hsiao has been pursuing the ideal realm of “Nature and Man in One” greatly beyond the boundaries of life and death.

With a group of artists who shared his aesthetic vision, in 1955 Hsiao Chin co-founded the Ton Fang Art Group, the first post-war Chinese modern art group, which blended techniques from traditional Eastern art with Western modernism, while promoting Chinese modern art overseas. In 1956, Hsiao embarked on a series of travels in America and Europe, moving first to Madrid and finally settling in Milan, where he has lived for over half a century. In 1961, Hsiao Chin co-founded the Punto International Art Movement, the first ever international avant-garde art movement initiated by an Asian artist with the aim of promoting Oriental philosophy of “calm observation”.

ARTWORK

1961-1962 Exploration of Eastern Aesthetics Tao, Chi and the Cosmics

蕭勤,《四方能量》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Le forze di Quattro Parte’, Acrylic on canvas, 101 cm x 79 cm, 1961

蕭勤,《妙心-1》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Cuore illuminato-2’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 50 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《妙心-2》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Cuore illuminato-2’, Acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 60 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《炁之源-3》, 布上墨水 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’origine del Chi-3’, Ink on canvas, 40 cm x 60 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《炁之源-4》, 布上墨水 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’origine del Chi-4’, Ink on canvas, 40 cm x 60 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《相傾》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’attrazione’, Acrylic on paper, 38 cm x 51 cm, 1966

蕭勤,《相隨》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Follow’, Acrylic on paper, 39 cm x 53.5 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《動態-2》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Movement – 2’, Acrylic on canvas, 80 cm x 60 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《道之始-2》, 布上墨水 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’inizio del Tao-2’, Ink on canvas, 70 cm x 50 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《道之始-3》, 布上墨水 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’inizio del Tao-3’, Ink on canvas, 70 cm x 80 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《境》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘La visione’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 50 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《緣生-1》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Causa della vita-1’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 50 cm, 1964

蕭勤,《緣生-2》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Causa della vita-2’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 50 cm, 1964

蕭勤,《靜》, 布上水墨 Hsiao Chin, ‘Il silenzio’, Ink on canvas, 70 cm x 80 cm, 1962

蕭勤,《靜觀》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Contemplation’, Acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 90 cm, 1962

1963-1964 Dancing Light Series

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 7》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 7’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1963

蕭勤,《光之躍動 – 15》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dancing Light – 15’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 1963

1964-1968 Sun Series & Universal Energies

蕭勤,《源神》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘The God from Origin’, Acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 90 cm, 1966

蕭勤,《擴張》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Expansion’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 90 cm, 1965

1970s-1980s Taoism and Ch’an

蕭勤,《四元》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Four Elements’, Acrylic on canvas, 79 cm x 97 cm, 1969

蕭勤,《同源》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Dallo stessoo origine’, Acrylic on paper, 39 cm x 54 cm, 1990

蕭勤,《和諧》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’armonia’, Acrylic on paper, 67 cm x 100 cm, 1988

蕭勤,《明光-向昇華致敬》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Bright light – Homeage to Ascendence’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 90 cm, 1990

蕭勤,《炁之始-6》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Beginning of Chi-6’, Acrylic on canvas, 90 cm x 110 cm, 1983

蕭勤,《眾萬象》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Infiniti aspetti’, Acrylic on paper, 96 cm x 75 cm, 1979

蕭勤,《跡》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Il passo’, Acrylic on paper, 49 cm x 86.5 cm, 1973

蕭勤,《逾》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Pass over’, Acrylic on paper, 36 cm x 65 cm, 1973

蕭勤,《聚炁-3》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘L’unione di chi-3’, Acrylic on paper, 37.5 cm x 51 cm, 1992

蕭勤,《聚能》, 紙上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Il ritrovo d’energia’, Acrylic on paper, 37 cm x 45.5 cm, 1974

1991-2000 Eternal Garden

蕭勤,《二界間的能》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Energies between Two Dimensions’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1997

蕭勤,《心靈的體現-33》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Samadhi-33’, Acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 40 cm, 1996

蕭勤,《在永久花園的Samantha-1》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Samantha nel giardino eterno-1’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 1999

蕭勤,《飛越永久的花園-19》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Flying over the Eternal Garden-19’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 250 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《飛越永久的花園-20》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Flying over the Eternal Garden-20’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 250 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《飛越永久的花園-21》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Flying over the Eternal Garden-21’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 250 cm, 1998

蕭勤,《莎芒妲之昇華-7》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Samantha’s Ascension-7’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 1991

蕭勤,《超越大限之冥想7》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Contemplazione superamento dellagrande soglia’, Acrylic on canvas, 80 cm x 110 cm, 1996

2014 Tiananmen Series

蕭勤,《一個有力量的明天》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Tomorrow is a Day Full of Energy’, Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 110 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《明天的希望》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘The Hope of Tomorrow’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《哎!中國人》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Sigh! Chinese People’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《哭-天安門25週年》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Cry-25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 2014

Endless Energy

蕭勤,《內悅》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘Inner Joy’, Acrylic on canvas, 143 cm x 290 cm, 2014

蕭勤,《生命力-1》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘La forza di Vita-1’, Acrylic on canvas, 110 cm x 140 cm, 1999

蕭勤,《生命力-2》, 布上壓克力 Hsiao Chin, ‘La forza di Vita-2’, Acrylic on canvas, 130 cm x 160 cm, 1999

Other Artworks

蕭勤,《往永久的花園-1》, 玻璃馬賽克 Hsiao Chin, ‘To the Eternal Garden-1’, Glass mosaic, 120 cm x 80 cm x 3 cm, 1992-2015

蕭勤,《往永久的花園-4》, 玻璃馬賽克 Hsiao Chin, ‘To the Eternal Garden-4’, Glass mosaic, 120 cm x 80 cm x 3 cm, 1992-2015

蕭勤,《往永久的花園-15》, 玻璃馬賽克 Hsiao Chin, ‘To the Eternal Garden-15’, Glass mosaic, 120 cm x 80 cm x 3 cm, 1992-2015