BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Time Lin was born in 1960, showed artistic talent in childhood, usually winning first prize in every school year’s art contest. One of his earliest works was selected in the Taiwan Fine Art Exhibition. Artist maestro Mr. Ru Song, Xiao praised him Lin as “a genius seen every forty years.”
Time Lin was admitted in the entrance examination of National Taiwan Academy of Art but because Taiwan society still deemed a painter’s career as unpromising, Lin enlisted himself in military service. After he left the army, he enjoyed a successful career in the advertising industry, promoted from designer to art director to producer to creative director. At 50, he picked up his paintbrush again and became a self-taught artist.
Since 2013, Time Lin’s oil paintings were selected for the Art Mirai International Art Exhibition at National Art Center in Tokyo, the annual exhibition of Royal West of England Academy, and the Salon d’Automne in Paris. His ceramic works were selected for the Zijin Art Ceramic Award in China and he became a formal member of the Societe du Salon d’Automne. Lin also received recognition by National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, his “Wu Shan Yun Yu” installation works were showcased at the Florence Biennale 2017 and awarded fifth place for videos and won the Lorenzo Ⅱ Magnifico Art Prize. Lin’s creative dance project was selected for Songshan Cultural and Creative Park New Points on Stage. In 2018, his works were selected for the Société des Artistes Indépendants and Société des Artistes Français and exhibited at Le Grand Palais in Paris. In 2019, he was selected by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine as “100 Artists Of The Future.” (He named himself “Time Lin” because he thought “time is art.” Time is his muse, with emphasis on “new, beautiful and appreciative.” Using different materials, he challenges himself.)