b.1939 Artist CV
Han Hsiang-Ning was born in Chongqing, Sichuan, China, in 1939. In 1961, He graduated from the Art Department of National Taiwan Normal University and joined the “Fifth Moon Group”, positioning himself as an early pioneer of modern art in Taiwan. His early works featured abstract paintings of form and space, and he also developed a fervent interest in experimental film, thus producing the work Run with a super 8mm film in 1966. Han moved to New York in 1967, and with the influences from Minimalism and Pop Art, he began to integrate Pointillist and Photorealist techniques into his compositions; eventually, the combination transpired into his spray gun series “Extreme Light” of the 1970s, which cemented his status within the Photorealism movement. Nevertheless, Han sought for expressions beyond paint and canvas, where he would explore Pointillist compositions with mixed media such as ink, paper, and digital images. In 1998, He again started to use paint rollers in compositions while traveling around the world, where he would rub textures of different grounds onto the works as evidence of the travel, enhancing the works with both painterly qualities and the sense of time.
Han Hsiang-Ning has served as Artist-Instructor of the Graduate Program at NYU, Guest Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and St. Thomas Aquinas College of New York, and Guest Artist at the Division of Fine Art at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. His selected solo exhibitions include: RECALLING－H.N. Han Solo Exhibition, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, 2017; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 1994; Taiwan Art Museum, 1965. His selected group exhibitions include: Telling Details: Photorealism in Taiwan, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2014; ‘The Pioneers’ of Taiwanese Artists 1931-1940, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2013; 25 Years Museum Collection, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2009; The Odyssey of Art in Taiwan 1950~2000, National Art Museum of China, 2006; Bicentennial: Artist-Immigrants of American, Hirshhorn Museum, 1976; 4th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, 1964; 7th Bienal de São Paulo, 1963; Modern Chinese Painting, Museum of History, 1962; 6th Bienal de São Paulo and 2th International Youth Biennale, Paris, 1961. Han has also participated in exhibitions organized by museums around the globe, including: Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporana.