About the Artist

Shihpao Lin is a Taiwanese artist who has created various sculptures and paintings in Japan, Taiwan, and New York.​

His objective is to convey hope, love, and peace to bring people together and change the world. Creative ideas combined with the support of many people around the world has made many of Shihpao's messages take physical shape, in the form of beautiful paintings, zodiac animals made of Metrocards, a car made of used cell phones, and much more.

 Lin says:

 

"A life is a drama and a drama is a life,"

"Dream is a force to move the human species; hence, the evolution starts from a dream."

The artist believes that each individual is born with a dream and lives to achieve that dream. Imagining, seeking, and achieving one's own dream is a three-act drama called life. A dream emerges from a daily life.

 

For an artist, the dream comes to life as a language of the art.

However, as an artist, Lin knows how difficult it is to achieve one's dream. He also knows that there are people who fight a difficult battle with determination to achieve one's dream. Lin said that he has been producing his art in the vision that "art is more beautiful than a life."

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LIN, SHIH-PAO: A BRIEF HISTORY

1962  Born in Taiwan.

1978  Began his career as an artist.

1979-1982  Received an award at the National Art exhibition every year.

1985 “A Day in the Life of Lin, Shih-pao” broadcast by China Television, Taiwan.

1986  Moved to Japan.Held solo Exhibition (Tokyo).

1987  Received an award at the National Grand Prix Exhibition.

         Received an award at the International Ink-painting Exhibition.

1988  Received an award at the Asian Modern Art Exhibition.

         Received an award at the National Ink-painting Grad Prix Exhibition.

         Held solo Exhibition (Toyama).

1989 Received an award at the Exposition “France-Japan” Salon Comparaisons.

         Received an award at the Asian Modern Art Exhibition.

         Received an award at the National Ink-painting Grad Prix Exhibition.

         Held solo Exhibition (Tokyo).

         Traveled in France, Spain, Germany, Holland and Austria.

         Erected a “Statue for World Peace”.

1990 Exhibited solo Exhibition (Nagoya,Taiwan).

1991 Received an award 

1992 Received an award at the National Masterpiece Exhibition.

         Held solo Exhibition (Kasugai,Nagoya).

1993 Received major award, moved to New York from Japan.

         Held solo exhibition at Taipei City Art Museum.

1994 Held solo exhibition to commemorate the opening of Takashimaya in Taipei.

1995 Held solo exhibition in New York.

1996 Held solo exhibition in Canada.

        Completed studies at graduate school of New York University.

1997 Completed the Million pennies statue

1998 Held rotating exhibition in New York, Taipei and Japan.

        Donated Million pennies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Hiroshima University.

1999 Received .

2000 Received award. Held solo exhibition at National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen memorial hall “Wedding March”.

2001 Held solo exhibition at Fukuoka City Art Museum (Japan).

2002 Held solo exhibition in New York.

         Autobiography “ Peace March: A Penny Story of Lin, Shih Pao ” was issued.

2003 Held solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama(Japan).

2004 Held the exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art (New York).

2005 Performed with peoplemade with 300,000 used pens at the 2005 EXPO JAPAN.

2006 “Peace March Ⅲ “Christmas Love Tree” made with 200,000 pacifiers and performed with people in Fukuoka-city of Japan

2007  Held solo exhibition “Heavenly Timing, Earthly Advantage, Human Harmony: Infinity ∞” at Queens Crossing Art in New York

2008 Placed the sculpture “Heavenly Timing, Earthly Advantage, Human Harmony: Infinity ∞” in New York

2009 “Dream Castle” and “ Tiger” made with 15,000 metro cards in New York

2010 “Christmas Love TreeⅡ”made with 12,000 plastic bottles and performed with people in New York

2011  Solo exhibition “Please help to pass a dream” at Gallery456 in New York

2011  Award from UN of America as the Earth Friendly Artist

2012  Performed with Taiwan community in NY “Please help to pass a dream”

2013  January – March  Performed with people “Text go ahead Fly up” in Taiwan

2013  May Performed and created with workmen “ Sun in Action” at Union Square in New York City

2013  Performed calligraphy at John Jay College in New York City

2014  May Performed and created with workmen “The Pink “Like” Car” at Union Square in New York City

2014  October – November Solo exhibition “Tribute to the life and nature” in Taiwan

2014  October 31st~ December 15th  Performed “The Pink “Like” Car” all around in Taiwan

2015  “F1(Future Number 1) Like Car: Contradiction to the great invention” made with 25,000 used cell phones in Taiwan

2016  “A Story of an Artist Lin, Shih-pao” broadcast by Taiwan Public Television.

2017   Autobiography “ Sequel of the Story of An Artist Lin, Shih Pao” has been issued.