Tehching Hsieh

Tehching-HsiehTehching Hsieh was born in 1950 in Nan-Chou, Taiwan. After dropping out of high school to pursue painting, he had his solo show in 1973 at the gallery of the American News Bureau in Taiwan. Shortly after this show, Hsieh stopped painting in order to pursue performance art, which he is best recognized for today. Hsieh arrived in the US as an illegal immigrant, a status he would hold for fourteen years until he was granted amnesty in the US in 1988. In the late 1970s, Hsieh started working on his five One Year Performances and a Thirteen-year plan, inside and outside his New York City studio. Each of these profound and intriguing pieces have a duration of one year, making art and life simultaneous. In these pieces, Hsieh confronts the silence of isolation and demonstrates a passionate dedication to performance art. Hsieh’s performances are described by David Williams as “compellingly opaque” due to the lack of the artist’s commentary about his work. Hsieh has exhibited his work in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. He is currently living with his wife, Qinqin Li, in Brooklyn.