Hsu Yung-Hsu was born in 1955, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In 2007, Hsu obtained his MFA at the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts at the Tainan National University of the Arts. He is currently professor of art at the Institute of Art Studies at the National Cheng Kung University, also in Tainan. In his works, Hsu Yung-Hsu seeks to transcend the intrinsic limitations of clay, including: weight, density, and size. Hsu compresses clay, stacking it repeatedly to build mass, managing to balance immense forms against a delicate lightness. Unprecedented in the history of Taiwanese ceramic art in both concept and style, Hsu works with clay in a unique and alternative way. He utilizes it in a manner contrary to its very own characteristics (which he terms as “anti-clay”), and further transforms his creations into art that merges form, action, and conceptualization.
Hsu Yung-Hsu has held residencies in Taiwan, the USA, Japan, Korea, and Beijing. Recent notable group exhibitions include: Seeing a large color (2011) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China, The International Sculpture at Racconigi (2010) at the Royal Castle of Racconigi, Italy, International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition (2007) at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, along with recent solo exhibitions Iteration – In between: Hsu YungHsu Solo Exhibition (2009) at Museum of Contemporary, Taipei, Taiwan, Hsu Yunghsu Solo Exhibition: Theater of Clay (2008) at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, and Becoming‧Refrain-Hsu Yunghsu Solo Exhibition at Tina Keng Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan(2012).