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Hsin-Yao Tseng was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1986. Around the age of ten, he started painting in watercolors, as well as other mediums, outside of school. The early exposure instilled in him the foundation needed to excel at a very early age.
He received both B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Fine Art Painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco, in 2009 and 2012. Hsin-Yao, having already developed a signature style, has had his work recognized by the major art magazines of today, as well as by an unprecedented number of highly prestigious galleries especially for his young age. Hsin-Yao’s technique in oil is brilliant and sure; he paints in a romantic, expressive manner that honors the Western tradition while signaling an edgy, contemporary complexity. Hsin-Yao has a curiosity and energy that propel him toward experimentation and innovation; accordingly, he works in a range of genres: from lush evocations of San Francisco and other cities to expressive portraits and finally to lustrous interiors and exteriors in which multiple figures enact a story. While his technical mastery is superb it is never arid or facile. Hsin-Yao’s prose testifies to the fact that he is ambitious in the best sense; he is eager to push his art beyond what’s immediate and popular toward the timeless and real. His dedication and interest in the arts is apparent from over ten years of hard work and academic studies.
Hsin-Yao was recognized by the Art Renewal Center as an ARC Living Master in 2014. He has exhibited his artworks in a huge number of group shows across the United States, including solo shows, two man shows, and many other group shows. He won First Place awards at Southwest Art Magazine Artist Excellence competition in 2016; made the 2016 November cover of Southwest Art magazine; received both Exceptional Merit Award and Certificate of Excellence in International Portrait Society of America, 2012 and 2010; for seven years straight from 2010 to 2017, he has been in the Top 100 Finalists of the ARC International Salon competition. In the 2012-2013 ARC Salon competition, he received a total of six (6) awards in three different categories of the salon competition, which included one Honorable Mention Award in Landscapes category, three Honorable Mention Awards in Drawing category, one Finalist Award in Animal category and one Finalist Award in Figurative category; top 50 in the 2009 Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery; earned Second Place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 25th annual contest- Portrait/Figure; and Third Place in the International Artist Magazine (June/July 2008).