Lin Tianmiao (born in Taiyuan Shanxi Province, China, 1961) is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Beijing, China. Lin graduated from Capital Normal University in Beijing (1984) and was a member of the Art Student League, New York, USA (1989). Working in installation, sculpture, photography, video, and other media, Lin creates works that often address female experience and engage with dichotomies including private and public, personal and cultural, male and female, natural and unnatural, and past and present. Lin is one of the first female Chinese artists to gain international recognition.
Lin was a Martell Artist of The Year, National Gallery of China, Beijing, China (2006).
Select solo exhibitions include Bound-unbound (1997) at Gallery of the central Academy Of Fine Art, Beijing, China; Focus (2002) at The Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China; Non Zero (2004) at Tokyo Art Project, Beijing, China; LinTianmiao’s solo show (2007) at Loft Gallery, Paris, France; Seeing Shadow - Lin Tianmiao’s solo show (2007) at Art and Public Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland; Lin Tianmiao solo show (2008) at JGM Gallery, Paris, France; Focus-Works on paper -Lin Tianmiao solo show (2008) at Long March Space, Beijing, China; Gazing Back: The Art of Lin Tianmiao (2009) at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shanghai, China; The Constructed Dimension-2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition (2010) at National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; and The Same (2011) at Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China.
Lin's first major solo museum exhibition in the United States was Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao (2012), at the Asia Society Museum, New York. More recently, the exhibition Lin Tianmiao: Est-ce permis ? (Est-ce possible ?) (2013) was shown at Galerie Lelong, Paris, France.
Select group exhibitions include File NO.1 – Conceptual Documents for impossible Art (1995) at SoHo Biennial, New York, USA; Beijing Youth Painting Exhibition (1995) at National Gallery of China, Beijing, China; Fifth International Istanbul Biennial (1997) in Istanbul, Turkey; Inside/Out: New Chinese Art (1998) at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; The Second Yearlong Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition (1999) at He Xiang Ning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Beijing in London (1999) at Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK; Wang Gongxin and Lin Tianmiao’ s New Works (2001) at The Loft New Media Art Space, Beijing, China; Guangzhou Triennial (2002) at the Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou, China; Shanghai Biennale (2002) at the Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Gwangju Biennale (2002) in Gwangju , Korea; 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2002) at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Gwangju Biennale (2004) in Gwangju, Korea; Between Past and Future (2004) at International Center of Photography and the Museum of Asia Society, New York, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois; Museum of Modern Art, Seattle, Washington; Xianfeng! Chinese avant-garde sculpture (2005) at Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, The Netherlands; The New Works of Wang,GongXin and Lin,TianMiao (2005) at Courtyard Gallery Annex, Beijing, China; About Beauty (2005) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Asian Contemporary Art In Print in Celebration of Asia Society’s 50th Anniversary (2006) at Asia Society and Museum, New York, USA; Global Feminism (2007) at the Brooklyn Museum, New York , USA; Multiplex: Directions in Art: 1970 to Now (2007) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Half Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection (2008) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA; Where Are We? (2008) at Beijing Center for the Arts, Beijing, China; Our Future: The Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection (2008) at UCCA, Beijing, China; The State of Things-Brussels/Beijing (2009) at Centre for Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium; Over Six Hundred Choices (2009) at Arrow Factory, Beijing, China; N Choices: JUNGLE- A Close-up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends (2010) at Platform China, Beijing, China; and M Home: Living in Space RedStar Macalline Art Project (2014) at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.