Lin was born in 1957 in Tungkang Township of Pingtung County, Taiwan. He received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Art from National Taiwan Normal University, where he served as Dean of the College of Fine Art, Dean of the College of Visual Design, Director of the Cultural & Creative Industries Center, and Executive Vice President of the university. In 2007, he was awarded the National Award of Arts in the Fine Arts category, as the youngest recipient of the category in the award’s history.
Over the years, Lin has continually advised Taiwan’s Ministry of Education in finding and developing talent in the field of art and design, and has become known as the Mentor of Design in Taiwan and the Key Artist of the Field of Visual Design. He is currently Honorary Chairman of the Taiwan Cultural and Creative Industry Association, Board Director of the Cross-strait Cultural and Creative Industry Research Alliance, Director of the International Design Competition by the Ministry of Education (since 2008), and Director of the Taiwan International Student Design Competition (since 2008), and Professor Emeritus of Asia University.
Starting in 2005, with the idea of My Homeland, Lin began painting different images of Taiwan with fine dots by the technical pen or the Chinese brush. Since 2007, he began sending Homebound Letters to himself from around the world in an on-going performance piece, which explore the infinite visual possibilities of the shape of Taiwan, and bare witness to his travels in life. Since 2012, Lin extended pointillism to a greater scale with large works of the Dream Island series, and since 2014, he broke through the image of Taiwan with the meticulous landscapes of the Invaluable Mountains series.
2017 走自己的路 Walking My Own Path
2017 點滴自在 A State of Being
2016 大山無價 Invaluable Mountains
2014 臺灣八景 Eight Views of Taiwan
2013 匯聚 Hui Aggregation
2013 看見 ▪ 台灣 DESCRY ▪ TAIWAN
2013 絲路▪私路▪思路 Silk Road – A Contemplative Journey
2012 中堅勢力 In the Prime of Vitality