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b. 1951, United States

Tishan Hsu Biography

Born in Boston, Massachusetts (1951), Hsu's formative years were in Zurich (Switzerland), Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and New York. Hsu had his first one-person show as a teenager in Virginia, where his paintings were exhibited throughout the region. He studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his B.S.A.D. in 1973 and M.Arch. in 1975. While at MIT, he studied film at the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. He moved to New York in 1979, where he currently resides. Hsu first showed in New York at the Pat Hearn Gallery. Since 1985, Hsu has shown extensively in the US, Europe and Mexico with works in many public and private collections. From 1988-90, Hsu lived and worked in Cologne, Germany.

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From 2013-2016, Hsu maintained a studio in Shanghai, China, where he worked on a project using historical photographs discovered in photo albums of his extended family. Much of the artist's work has attempted to convey an embodied technology. Hsu's interest in technology has not been in the use of a particular apparatus but the perception of a technological affect. His work has included paintings, interactive digital media projections, and sculpture.

Selected public collections include Metropolitan Museum, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, High Museum, Atlanta, Terra Museum, Mexico City, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and the Weisman Museum, Minneapolis. Hsu has served as a Member of the Board of White Columns and a Governor of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Until recently, Hsu has been a Professor of Visual Arts at Sarah Lawrence College, and a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and Harvard University. He currently lives and works in New York.

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Double Interface - Green by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Tishan Hsu Double Interface - Green, 2023 UV cured inkjet, acrylic, ink, silicone on wood
85 x 120.5 x 12 cm
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breath 9 by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Tishan Hsu breath 9, 2023 UV cured inkjet, acrylic, silicone, ink on wood
121.9 x 157.5 x 7.6 cm
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phone-breath-bed 3 by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork sculpture
Tishan Hsu phone-breath-bed 3, 2023 Polycarbonate, silicone, stainless steel wire cloth, UV cured
 inkjet, wood, steel, plastic
115.6 x 195.6 x 121.9 cm
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study - Manic Panic by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Tishan Hsu study - Manic Panic, 1986 Pencil on paper
9 x 12 inches
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Flowing tile sketch on Brown & Wood stationery by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Tishan Hsu Flowing tile sketch on Brown & Wood stationery, 1985 Pencil on paper
8.5 x 11 inches
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study - Portrait by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Tishan Hsu study - Portrait, 1982 Pencil on paper
11 x 14 inches
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TV sketch by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Tishan Hsu TV sketch, 1982 Pencil on paper
11 x 14 inches
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Wall piece - Aerial drawing by Tishan Hsu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Tishan Hsu Wall piece - Aerial drawing, 1981 Pencil on paper
8.5 x 11 inches
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