Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Pygmy Hogs - Garden of Impermanence by Martin Hsu

The Pygmy Hog (Porcula Salvania), a critically endangered suid now only found in Assam, India. Adults are about 21.5-28" long, while piglets are born with golden stripes. Current world population less than 150 individuals due to human encroachment and habitat loss.

'Garden of Impermanence' by Martin Hsu, a new ongoing series of personal paintings to raise awareness and highlight conservation efforts for endangered species in our natural world.

'Pygmy Hogs', original painting on wood, 2019.

Research images and material by Joel Sartore and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Learn more about their conservation efforts on

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Happy Year of the Pig- Mettā Paintings

2019 marks the Lunar Calendar's 12th zodiac - 
the much beloved pigs, boars, and hogs.

I'm excited to continue my Mettā series - small works inspired by
Chinese calligraphy, Taiwanese textile, world folk art, and
Mettā, the philosophy and practice of universal love.

Original artwork to inspire warmth, good will, and happiness within.

Paintings and prints available on - Shop

Happy Year of the Piggies, my friends.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Happy 78th Birthday, Hayao Miyazaki-sensei!

Hayao Miyazaki-sensei turns 78 years old on January 5th, 2019.

Feel free to use any of these images I've created to

wish him a very Happy Birthday. 

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Interview and 2018 birthday artwork on Nerdist

Artwork and prints available online

‘Morning Strolls 2019: Contemplation'

Graphite, watercolor, gold acrylic on paper. Original artwork by Martin Hsu.

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Since 2014, I’ve created Hayao Miyazaki-sensei tribute paintings for his birthday every year. So excited to finally paint on these gorgeous card stock I brought back from Japan - each features Mt. Fuji covered in snow with printed metallic gold leaf.

Artwork and prints available on - Shop

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Happiness Within, 2018

Happiness Within, 2018

Two solo exhibitions, one Artist in Residence, and my first reality TV competition... 2018 felt pleasantly still and intimate.

Now in my 7th year as a full-time independent artist, I've learned to thoroughly prepare myself for tasks ahead.

In 2018, such opportunities included a brand-cohesive exhibition at Google HQ,

(Martin Hsu 'A Good Life' Google Exhibition, Googleplex, CA)

a deeply personal solo feature Ningyo at Modern Eden Gallery,

(Ningyo by Martin Hsu, Modern Eden Gallery. SF, 2018)

a month-long artist appearance at Disney's WonderGround Gallery,

(Martin Hsu Artist in Residence 2018, WonderGround Gallery, CA)

and an hour-long live competition to create beautiful art on TV.

(Martin Hsu on Doodle Wars, Reality TV Competition, Bluprint)

Now more than ever, I see wonder in nature...

(New Zealand, 2018)

find kinship with animals,

(Kindred Spirits, private commission, 2018)

and feel at peace with being a naturalist and traditionalist

making art in the contemporary world.

So as always, thank you for joining me on this creative and spiritual exploration.

Happy 2018, Hello 2019.

With light,

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Happy New Year from Martin Hsu

Thank you to all the art collectors, gallery curators, friends of the arts, loved ones for supporting my career as an independent artist.

Because of you, I'm able to do what I love.

Happy 2018.

Warmest regards,

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Hayao Miyazaki-Sensei 77th Birthday at Totoro Forest!

A very Happy 77th Birthday to Hayao Miyazaki-sensei

and 30th Anniversary to Totoro!

This special 2018 edition of Morning Strolls features Miyazaki-sensei

volunteering and cleaning up 'Totoro no Mori' or Totoro's Forest.

In each illustration, Miyazaki-sensei is accompanied by a small Totoro,

picking up one type of trash at a time including

bento boxes, coffee cans, green tea bottle... etc

An active conservationist for the natural, human and imaginary world.

May he live long and make lots more movies!

For more info on Totoro Fund, please visit

Morning Strolls 2018

by Martin Hsu

graphite, watercolor and gold acrylic on watercolor paper

signed, framed with glass

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Martin Hsu Disney WonderGround Gallery November, 2017

Excited to return to Disney's WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney District 
on Saturday, Nov. 4th from 2 - 4pm

Releasing and signing all new paintings, LTD gallery canvases, deluxe prints and postcards

* To purchase please email 

or call 877-560-6477

Fairy Godmothers and Rosebud

16" acrylic and cel vinyl on circular wood panel
metallic rose gold background

Peony and Aristocats

18 x 24" acrylic and cel vinyl on wood panel
metallic royal blue background

Maleficent and Crow

24 x 48" acrylic and cel vinyl on wood panel
metallic gold background

Opening Reception & Signing - Nov. 4th, 2017

To purchase artwork please email 

or call 877-560-6477