Hsiao Ming-Hsien was born in Nantou County, Taiwan in 1936. A member of Ton Fan Art Group that had a great influence on Taiwanese modern art, he was the youngest artist among the “Eight Great Outlaws” and the only one that was born in Taiwan. At the age of seventeen, he was already studying art at Li Chun-Shan’s art studio on Andong Street in Taipei, and was one of Li’s important pupils.
Hsiao mainly creates abstract paintings. His early works emphasized on simple lines, and tended to be flat and formed an intense visual contrast with the blank space. Later, he moved on to abstract calligraphic expression, demonstrating a sense of freedom and liberation. The abstract lines and brushstrokes seemed bold and inspired, following the rhythm of the artist’s inner world. His recent works have displayed an Eastern quality and the concept of “Tao,” showing a combination of rationality and sensibility. In his painting, one can often see rhythmic lines reminiscent of musical staff, on which the artist adds unfettered calligraphic brushstrokes to manifest a visual sense of musicality that exudes the artist’s creative force and passion. Hsiao’s creative background spans the East and the West, and both Taiwan and New York are his homes and sources of creative energy and artistic inspiration. His abstract painting now shows a liminal atmosphere, in which the subject and object seem to be switched. Hsiao’s art is the embodiment of his feelings and sentiments, and it is clear that the artist has mastered both Eastern and Western art.