(b. 1933, Taiwan; d. 2011, Taiwan)
Taiwanese master of Minimalism, Richard Lin was born in 1933 in Taichung. A painter and a designer, he studied fine arts at Millfield School and architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic in London. In 2002, Lin and his wife returned to Taiwan and resided in Taichung.
Lin’s early works were heavily based on Eastern philosophical thoughts of Laozi and Zhuangzi. These energetic ink works placed emphasis on the splash-ink technique and the concept of empty space. Lin held his first solo exhibition in 1958 at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Shortly after he began exhibiting in Germany, the United States and the Netherlands.
His later works, which led him to be known as the master of Minimalism in Taiwan, focused on geometry, purity and rational thought. Influence and links with Minimalism of modern Western art was clearly evident as well as concepts from his architectural studies including the use of materials such as plastics and metals. Lin’s Minimalist practice contributed largely to the development of modern art in Taiwan, which as the time was still largely wrapped in traditionalist Chinese painting practices.
His has participated in group exhibitions and been the subject of solo shows across the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere. In 1964, Lin was invited to exhibit in Documenta 3 in Kassel, Germany. Lin’s works have been widely collected by museums around the world including London’s Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art in Rome, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and Taipei’s National Palace Museum.