Born in Formosa, Taiwan, Richard Lin was educated in England at Millfield School, Somerset, before going on to study architecture at Regent St Polytechnic during the fifties. This experience undoubtedly influenced the structured, minimalist style in which he worked, as well as his predilection to work using plastic and metal.
Early in his career he worked under the name Lin Show Yu, however, by 1959, and his first solo show at Gimpel Fils, London, he was exhibiting as Richard Lin. After this, a series of exhibitions at Gimpel Fils followed, as well as shows in the Netherlands, America and Germany amongst others.
His wall pieces reveal a connection with the work of Donald Judd and more broadly, American minimalism, whilst his drawings and more painterly work point back to Chinese, Taiwanese ink drawings.
Lin's work can be found in the public collections at the Tate Gallery, London, Arts Council, London, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and several public institutions internationally.