I-Ling Eleen Lin

Born: Taipei, Taiwan
Lives: New York, New York

As an inhabitant of non-places of generic cities, I have always been concerned with the subject of cultural hybridity. I infuse my work with imageries that spring from my memories of nomadic experience of drifting among various cultures and traditions. It is due to my transnational identity that I am able to stand as an outsider and view places and events through the lens of a tourist. Consequently, my paintings functions as snapshots that documents my travel.

From roaming through fragments of contemporary space with mixtures of historical ruins and commercial products, the paintings depict the obscurity of cultural boundaries today. There are no human interactions; everyone is indulged in their own chain of thoughts and their own material obsessions. People abandoning traditional theater in search of excitement through gossip newspapers and artificial settings such as man-made island are all common scenes in my paintings. This idea of human isolation that is constantly illustrated in my paintings portrays my belief of how losing culture leads to a loss or changes in human communication.

My most recent work, the Pet Series, takes old Chinese tales that incorporates man and animal interaction and re-illustrating them to fit the contemporary context of man and pets relationships. These paintings depict present city trends of choosing pets over other human companions. The work transforms traditional narratives into urban mythologies that further emphasize the changes that are taking place in our contemporary society.


  • Master of Fine Art, Painting
    Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Bachelor of Art, Painting
    Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Modern Utopia
    Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan
  • Hybrid World
    Gallery F-Stop, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ectoplasm
    Srinakarinwirot University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2011 International Tsai-mo Fans Art Exhibition
    Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Frame/Work
    567 Gallery, New York, New York
  • East Meets West
    Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, Kentucky
  • 2010 International Tsai-mo Humanity Art Exhibition
    Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Push/Pull
    Dumbo Art Festival, Brooklyn, New York
  • Master of Merriment
    Volume Black Gallery, New York, New York
  • The Exquisite Corpse
    Paul Robeson Gallery, Newark, New Jersey
  • 2009 International Tsai-mo Graceful Graffiti Art Exhibition
    Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Vivid Wonders of a Startled Imagination
    MCLA Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Belief and Contemporary
    Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
  • Asian American Arts Festival
    Silliman College Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Garden of Eden
    Gallery F-Stop, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Heaven, Earth, Human
    Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea, South
  • Slade Degree Show 2005
    Slade School of Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
  • I-Ling Eleen Lin and Tina Natsvlishvili
    Gallery 543m3, Vienna, Austria

Selected Collections

  • Yunlin University Art Center
    Yunlin, Taiwan
  • International Baccalaureate Organization
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Hsinchu Art Museum
    Hsinchu, Taiwan

Selected Awards and Grants

  • Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award
    Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sanyu Scholoarship
    Andrea Frank Foundation, New Haven, Connecticut

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