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 exposure instilled in him the foundation needed to excel at a very early age.
After graduating from high school in Taiwan, Hsin-Yao came to the United States. He received a B.F.A. of Fine Art Painting from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2009. He also received an M.F.A of Fine Art Painting from the same school in 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. 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 propels 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 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 has exhibited his artworks in numerous solo and group shows across the United States. He has won many national and international awards. He won the Exceptional Merit Award and Certificate of Excellence in the International Portrait Society of America competitions, and from 2009-2013 has been in the Top 100 Finalists of the International ARC Salon Competition.
In the 2012-2013 ARC Salon competition, he received a total of six awards in three different categories, 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. He also placed in the 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).
Hsin-Yao is represented by Waterhouse Gallery, in Santa Barbara and The Legacy Gallery, in Scottsdale, Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, The Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, Christian Daniels Gallery in San Francisco, CA and the Howard/Mandvile Gallery in Kirkland.
His dedication and passion for painting have never been stronger as he continues to paint and think outside the boundaries.