Born in Taiwan and grew up in Thailand with a western education, Eleen Lin is a third culture kid.  In the age of cultural cannibalism where everything is brought together and rearranged to formulate new identities, she reiterates folklores and classical literatures into contemporized cross-cultural narratives.  The Pet series paintings transform mystical intimacies between man and animal to represent complex urbanites’ obsession with pet ownerships, while the Mythopoeia series portray cynical mistranslations of Moby Dick.  The paintings illustrate the nomadic solitary experience of drifting among various traditions, the dichotomy of original and translation, and the obscurity of cultural boundaries today.  Lin studied at Slade School of Fine Art, UK (BA 2005), and Yale School of Art (MFA, 2008).  Her work has been exhibited in Guangdong Museum of Art, China; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea; and galleries throughout Austria, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States. Lin has been awarded with Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award, Sanyu Scholarships, and has participated with NYFA Immigrant Artist Projects, Fountainhead residency as well as the AIM program from the Bronx Museum of Art.



Born in Taipei, Taiwan

Currently live and work in New York


2006-2008       MFA in Painting/Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, U.S.A.
2001-2005       BA in Fine Art– Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, England
2003                SOCRATES Exchange Program, Academy of Fine Art, Vienna, Austria


2019    Found in Translation, 456 Gallery, New York, NY (Upcoming)
2019    Dick Moby, Viterbo University Gallery, La Cross, WI (Upcoming)
2016    Lost in Transition, Craddock-Terry Gallery, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
2015    Lost in Transition, Doris Ulmann Gallery, Berea College, Berea, KY
2014    Third Cultural World, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
2013    Pet Society, The Secret Theater Gallery, LIC, NY
2008    I-Ling Eleen Lin and Hayv Kahraman, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York, NY
2006    Modern Utopia, Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
2005    Hybrid World, Gallery F-Stop, Bangkok, Thailand
2004    Ectoplasm, Srinakarinwirot University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2003    I-Ling Eleen Lin and Tina Natsvlishvili, Gallery 543 m3, Academy of Fine Art, Vienna, Austria


Seeing the World, Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Gallery, New York, NY

The Moby Dick Project, Hewitt Art Gallery, New York, NY
Drifting, WMing Art - Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Present Danger, Hewitt Art Gallery, New York, NY

Borderless: In Perspective, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Group show featuring gallery artists, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
Immigrant Art Show, Office of New Americans, New York, NY
2016 International Tsai-Mo Fish Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan

Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY
Cool and Collected '15, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
Face to Place, 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank Art, New York, NY
Queens is not new, Local Project, LIC, NY
(N)either (N)or, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
Face to Place, NYFA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

No More Place, 93 Market St - Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
2014 International Tsai-mo Shoe Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan
Storytellers, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Soul, Novella Gallery, New York, NY

Bridging the Gap, Flushing Town Hall/ La Guardia Community College Gallery, *Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, NY
Off the Queensboro Bridge, Resobox Gallery, LIC, NY
Studio 34 Group Exhibition, Studio 34 Gallery, LIC, NY
2013 International Tsai-mo Hat Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan
2013 Kaohsiung International Women’s Art Exhibition, Kaohsiung Women’s Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Natural Elements, ArtSpace 64, New York, NY

Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
Stratified Writings: International Female Art Stream Exhibition, The 201 Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
2012 International Tsai-mo Masks Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan 

East Meets West, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY
Frame/Work, 567 Gallery, New York, NY
2011 International Tsai-mo Fans Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan

Push / Pull,  Dumbo Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Master of Merriment, Volume Black Gallery, New York, NY
2010 International Tsai-mo Humanity Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan

The Exquisite Corpse, Paul Robeson Gallery, Newark, NJ
Vivid Wonders of a Startled Mind, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
2009 International Tsai-mo Graceful Graffiti Art Exhibition, Taichung City *Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan

Strange Circus, Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, LA
Summer Mix, Thierry Goldberg Project, New York, NY
Yale MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale University Green Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
SaLon Spring 2008 Show, SaLon Gallery, London, England    
The Taiwanese Art Series Exhibition, Ching Shiun International Auctions Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
FORM London Art Fair, Olympia Exhibition Center, London, England
SaLon Winter 2008 Show, SaLon Gallery, London, England
2008 International Tsai-mo Ecology Art Exhibition, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung, Taiwan

Garden of Eden, Gallery F-Stop, Bangkok, Thailand (CURATED)
Asian American Arts Festival, Silliman College Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Belief and Contemporary, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
Heaven, Earth, Human, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea


2019    Queen Arts Fund, Queens Council of Arts
2016    NYFA Immigrant Artist Projects
2015    Rancho Linda Vista Artist Residency
2015    NYFA Immigrant Artist Projects
2015    The Fountainhead Residency
2014    Artist in Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art
2010    NYFA Immigrant Artist Projects
2008    Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award, Yale University School of Art
2007    Sanyu Scholarship, Andrea Frank Foundation
2003    Study Abroad Bursary, University College London


Jimenez-Colon Collection, USA
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
MSKCC Art Collection, USA
Yunlin University Art Center, Taiwan
International Baccalaureate Organization, United Kingdom
Hsinchu Art Museum, Taiwan


2007     ‘Urban Circus’, Media Bus Publication