Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Hsin-Yao Tseng studied painting in the U.S. at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Tseng varies his approach, from refined and finished to loosely gestural, often with areas of the canvas left unpainted. At times he combines the two approaches to superb effect, with a refined subject appearing to emerge out of areas of the composition that are brief suggestions of the continuation of a figure or landscape.
Some of his pieces are rendered in brusque textural chunks of paint, thickly applied and adding motion with directional strokes. In addition to the images on Tseng’s website, and the galleries listed below, there are some high-resolution images of his work on Art Renewal, in which you can better see his paint application and textural surface.
Throughout, Tseng adeptly utilizes nuanced control of values and variation in edges to direct the eye and make the compositional elements cohere in a way that makes the relationship of the finished and unfinished areas blend with a natural grace.
Hsin-Yao Tseng’s work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA that opens on October 10, 2015.