YIN Xin was born in Kashgar, a remote Muslim town in Turkistan in Western China in 1959 and his family migrated to the Mongolian border during the Cultural Revolution in political exile. His exposure at an early age to different religions and cultures was his first introduction to art and had influenced him as a child. In China he felt it difficult to adjust to the rigid teaching in school and felt he had no creative outlet. In 1988, Yin Xin left China to study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and in 1991, started travelling around Europe and Asia in pursuit of art. In 1994, he eventually settled in Paris, the gem of western aesthetics, and feels strongly that he is first an artist and second, Chinese.

Yin Xin uses western techniques to paint the many facets of China, and one of his series “Nostalgia” focuses on the Modern Period of China. He likes to capture the colonial period; the old-fashioned style of Shanghai and Macau, using his own feeling and perspective to portray the Chinese in the era and with a mostly muted palette that is reminiscent of photographs. His work is a fusion of east meets west, with the play of light reminiscent of the works of Georges de La Tour.



  • 1977     Xinjiang Normal University
  • 1982     Xian Academy of Fine Arts
  • 1988     Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Faculty of Art, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1989     Metro Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • 1992     National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • 1993     National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
                 Galerie Scavongelli, Paris, France
  • 1994     Taiwan Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
                 Schiller International University, Paris, France
                 Ho Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1995     Ho Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1996     Ho Gallery, Hong Kong
                 Museo Nacional del Grabado, Bueno Aires, Argentina
  • 1997     China Club, Hong Kong
  • 1998     Shanghai Tang, New York, United States
  • 1999     China Club, Hong Kong
                 Tolman Collection, Tokyo, Japan
                 Serge Aboukrat, Paris, France
                 Maison de la Chine, Paris, France
  • 2000     Fendi Casa, Bologna, Italy
  • 2001     Kings Road Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • 2002     Espace Nesle, Paris, France
  • 2003     Kings Road Gallery, London, United Kingdom
                 Maison de la Chine, Paris, France
                 Galerie Cathay, Paris, France
  • 2004     Galerie Jonas, Paris, France
                 Katie de Tilly Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 2005     Shanghai Art Museum, China
  • 2006     Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 2007     Courbet Museum, Ornans, France
                 Maison de la Chine, Paris, France
  • 2008     Galerie Daniel Besseiche, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2009     Galerie Lipao, Paris, France
  • 2011     "Society", Hong Kong
  • 2012     "Our 1930s", Hong Kong
  • 2014     "Once Upon a Time in China", Connoisseur Art Gallery, Hong Kong


  • 1994     "A Life of his Own" by Scarlet Cheng, Asian Art News
  • 1996     "Manhattan Transfer" by Doug Tsuruoka, Asian Times
  • 1997     "Face to face with past and future" by Fionnuala McHugh, South
                  China Morning Post
  • 1999     "Old Master, Mainland Style" by Roni Kalyk, B International
                  "Beyond the Chinese Face", Cathay Pacific
                  "Yin Xin - Portraits de reve" by Laetitia d'Ornano, Madame Figaro
                  "The Good Will Out", Hong Kong Tatler
                  "Finding the past" by Steven Ribet, Hong Kong Standard
                  "Portrait", Cote Sud N.57
                  "Yin Xin: la vie revee" by Michael Nuridsany, Le Figaro Financial
                  "Chinese artist captures melancholy, Lost innocence" by Isabel
                  Reynolds, The Daily Yomiuri
  • 2002     "La Chine du passe", Elle Deco
  • 2003     "Portraits Chinois" by Danielle Mazingarbe, Madame Figaro
  • 2004     "A Young and Great Painter" by Chantal Le Creurer,
  • 2005     "Dialogue with Yin Xin - Chinese Artist in a Western
                  Environment”, Prestige
  • 2006     "Altered Images", South China Morning Post
                  "It's a Lifestyle", Modern Weekly International
                  "Life of Paris-based Artist Yin Xin", The Bund
  • 2007     "Portraits Chinois" by Olivier Razemon, Le Monde
                  "Les Metamorphose de Yin Xin" by Bernard Brizay, Chine-Seine
  • 2011     "The French Connection", Hong Kong Tatler
  • 2014     "Yin Xin at Connoisseur Art Gallery", Asian Art News

Professional Experiences

  • 1986     Lecturer at the Xinjiang Art College

Private Collections

Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Major Exhibitions

  • 2000     International 20th Art Fair, New York, United States
  • 2013     Art Monaco, Monaco
                 Lapada Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
  • 2014     "1989 - Celebrating 25 Years of Fine Art", Connoisseur Art Gallery, Hong Kong