Shyu Ruey-Shiann
Artist Statement

RueyShiann Shyu was born in 1966 in Taipei Taiwan and currently lives and works in New York and Taipei. He Studied at Fu-Hsing Trade and Art School, Taipei(1983-1986);Chinese Culture University, Taipei(1989-1992);Aix-en-Provence Art College, Aix-en-Provence, France(1992-1997). In 1998 Shyu was awarded the Taipei Award of Taipei Fine Arts Museum;in 2001 the Creation Awards of Lee Chung Sheng Art Foundation;in 2006 the Yageo Tech-Art Award of the Asian Cultural Council of New York.

Shyu’s work appears in numerous public collections worldwide, including National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,Taichung; Chelsea Arts Museum, New York; Taipei Gallery, New York; Location One, New York;Stone Villa, Sydney; Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum;Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; Hong Kong Arts Center; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia; Eslite Art Gallery, Taipei; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Montbeliard, France. Solo exhibitions include “First solo exhibition”, Aix-en-Provence City Art Gallery, Aix-en-Provence(1997); “A Language of Precision and Abstraction: overture of Life”, Dimension Endowment of Art, Taipei (1999); “Ruey-Shiann Shyu Solo exhibition”, IT Park Gallery, Taipei (1999); “Virtual Reality”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei(2000), “Ruey-Shiann Shyu Open Studio Show”, GAS works studio, England (2002); “About my 97-00”, National Central University; “Beyond the Becoming”, Taipei International Village, Taipei(2006); “Echo from within”, Shin Leh Yuan Art space, Taipei(2006); “Zero to Infinite”, National Hsinchu University of Education, HsinChu(2007), among other venues.

Shyu was also commissioned to make permanent public art works such as “Pregency”, National Taiwan University Hospital Yun-Lin Branch, Taiwan(2007); “Restructure Exercise”, Neihu District, Dept. of Environmental Protection, Taipei(2005) ;“Play a melody”, Software Park, Nangang District, Taipei (2005). “Play a melody” was awarded the 2007 Public Art (Excellence) Award.

Shyu is known for creating machine-like art work. By using mechanical form as an abstract art language to express his various ideas and feelings towards life, memory, and issues concerning environment, society, and politics. A work of art may be composed of a single or hundreds to thousands of different components which he designed and made by himself 95% of these; yet, despite this massive complexity, visually it leaves an impression of simplicity.

A documentary film titled “Making Techno Art out of Rubbish—Shyu RueyShiann” focuses on Shyu’s art career, life and families was made by well-known director Huang Mingchuan in 2006.

Artist Web Site
Demo Video
Writer's Vessel at KB Berlin 2016
Works & History
2014 "One Kind of Behavior", Bronx Museum, New York
2014 "Urban Landscape", IT Park, Taipei
2013 "the Echoes of Remembrance", inart Space, Tainan, Taiwan
2013 "Unfinished Journey: An Ongoing Project by Shyu Ruey Shiann", Chinese American Arts Council /456 Gallery, New York
2013 "Poetic Rationality, Warm Coldness-Shyu Ruey Shiann Solo Exhibition", ISE Foundation, New York
2012 "Distant Rainbow", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 "Journey", Tenri Cultural Institute, New York
2007 "Zero to Infinite", National Hsinchu University of Education, HsinChu, Taiwan
2006 "Echo from within", Shin Leh Yuan Art space, Taipei, Taiwan
2006 "Beyond the Becoming", Taipei International Village, Taipei, Taiwan
2002 "About my 97-00", National Central University
2002 "Ruey-Shiann Shyu Solo exhibition", GAS works studio, England
2000 "Virtual Reality", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1999 "Ruey-Shiann Shyu Solo exhibition", IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1999 "A Language of Precision and Abstraction: overture of Life", Dimension Endowment of Art, Taipei, Taiwan
1997 "First solo exhibition", Aix-en-Provence, City Art Gallery, Aix-en-Provence, France
2014 “The Pioneers” of Taiwanese Artists, 1961-1970, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
2014 “Reformation”, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney
2013 "Intersecting Vectors--Experimental Projects from the TFAM Collection", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
2013 "Inter-Vision" A Contemporary Art Exhibition Across the Strait 2013, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung / National Art Museum of China, Beijing
2013 "Transcendency of Illusion", Taipei
2013 "Smash Palace", White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney
2013 “Transcendency of Illusion”, Taipei
2012 "2012 Very Fun Park", Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei
2012 " Art of Universal Knowledge", feature exhibition in Kinetica Art Fair, Ambika, London, England
2012 "Lunarfest", Harbour Front Centre, Toronto and Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, Canada
2010 " Continuation – Special Exhibition of LI Chun-Shen Modern Painting Award Winners (Review)",National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
2009 " Dream in a Contemporary Secret Garden", Asian Contemporary Art Week, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
2008 "Snake Alley", Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York
2007 Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York
2007 Jamaica Flux: Workspace and Windows 2007, New York
2007 Nine International artists Exhibit at location One, New York
2006 "City Mambo", Stone Villa, Sydney vs. Shin Leh Yuan Art space, Taipei
2005 Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival, Kaohsiung
2003 Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival Kaohsiung
2002 "At the Edge of the Mimetic situation, I, here, now", The Pier-2 Art District-Kaohsiung
2002 "Labyrinth of Pleasure", Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum
2001 Lee Chung Sheng Art Foundation Modern Painting Prize, Crown Art Center, Taipei
2001 Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival, Kaohsiung
2001 "Labyrinth of Pleasure", Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
2001 "Very Fun Park", travel show to Contemporary Art from Taiwan / Hong Kong Arts Center / Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia / Taipei Eslite Art Gallery
1999 "Magnetic Writing/Marching Ideas, Works on Paper", IT Park Gallery, Taipei
1999 "Media Muscle Cramp", Hanart Gallery, Taipei
1998 "Reflection and Reconsideration: 2.28 Commemorative Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum
1997 "Fete de la Science", Montbeliard, France
1997 "Work Show", Aix-en-Provence Art College, a joint exhibition on the Internet with M.I.T, Boston.
1995 "Quan Les Machines Riant", Centre d’Art et de Plaisanteire, Montbeliard, France Invitation Exhibition "Alternate-automate", Friche