Michael Lin is considered a leading Taiwanese contemporary painter and conceptual artist. His practice turns away from painting as an object of contemplation toward one of painting as a bounded, physical space.
Born in Tokyo in 1964 to a Taiwanese family, Lin was raised in Taiwan. His family immigrated to Los Angeles in 1973, during a time of political uncertainty for Taiwan, where he embraced the multiculturalism of Southern California, and took an interest in its art and skateboarding scenes. He graduated from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles in 1990, and obtained an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 1993. His works have been exhibited in major institutions and international Biennials around the world, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2007, UCCA, Beijing, 2008, The Lyon Biennial 2009, The Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010, and most recently at the Singapore Biennial and the Towada Art Center.
Using floral patterns and designs appropriated from traditional Taiwanese textiles, Lin creates monumental painting installations that re-conceptualize and reconfigure public spaces. Lin associates these patterns with the social and political atmosphere of the country. His artworks generally embody a tongue-in-cheek commentary on contemporary cultures of commercialization and commodification.
Featured image: Michael Lin - Forever Shanghai, 2016 (detail). Gold-leaf and acrylic on wall. This is a unique work. Photo via Galería OMR, courtesy of the Artist and Eslite Gallery, Taipei