Richard Lin, formerly Lin Show-Yu, was born in Taiwan. In 1949 he moved to Britain and studied art and architecture at the Polytechnic in London between 1954 and 1958. He became a British subject in 1963 before taking a teaching appointment at the Ravenscroft College of Art and Design. In 1966 Lin was awarded first prize at the Open Painting Exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a year later he won the William Frew Memorial Purchase Award. His first one-man show was held at Gimpel Fils in 1959, where he exhibited twice more. Other exhibitions include solo shows at the Marlborough Gallery both in London and Rome. His work was also included in various exhibitions in Europe, such as the Documenta III in Kassel and Kompas II at the Stedelijk van Abbe-museum, Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, and America at the Brooklyn Museum, New York and Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. Works by Richard Lin can be found in such prestigious public collection such as the Tate Gallery, London, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, Rome.