Tishan Hsu was born in Boston in 1951 and currently lives and works in New York. Hsu spent his early childhood in Zurich and later moved to Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, and New York in the US. While pursuing his Master of Architecture degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1970s, Hsu studied film at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts of Harvard University. Technology has been a major thread running through Hsu’s artistic practice, which encompasses painting, digital media installation, and sculpture. As visual embodiments of the mingling of the human body, mind, and machine, his works are however less concerned with the use of technological apparatus but more with our perception of technology, where his deepest interest lies.
Hsu has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Mexico since 1985. His works are in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. He has served major roles at art institutions and taught in universities. For example, he was a Professor of Visual Art at Sarah Lawrence College and a Visiting Professor at Harvard University.