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Mike Hsiung is awarded for his beard as well as majorly for his art and illustrations and lives in Los Angeles, CA. His work is characterized by highly imaginative black-and-white ink drawings which evoke vivid visions from the world of fairytales and myths with a cautious use of color. Mike has exhibited all over the United States as well as in Belgium, Finland, Japan and Korea.


ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG TOTEM POLEQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MIKE I look like a homeless Chinese guy with a mustache, draw pictures of obese, hairy men usually interacting with animals and/or other obese hairy men. My work is humorous, simple, narrative and a bit homoerotic. I share a studio/bedroom with Rachel, my wife, so its really easy for me to take a nap after sketching.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
MIKE I last went to Brooklyn, NY last year before Hurricane Sandy rolled through.

COB? For business or for holiday?
MIKE It was for business. Vans sent me there to snap some photos of a group show called Supply and Demand. It featured artists Neil Blender, Nathaniel Russell, Chris Yormick, Jay Howell, Jamahl Williams, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs, Dennis McNett, and Jai Tanju. It was so much fun and inspiring!

COB? What will be your next destination?
MIKE I believe I’ll be traveling to San Jose, CA later on in March for a group show I’ll be in called Out of Towners at Seeing Things gallery, and then to Seattle later on in the year for my friend Brian and Kate’s wedding.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MIKE I think unconsciously I do find inspiration out of traveling – seeing new things, talking to new folks, and imbibing the local brews always seem to generate new ideas for art.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MIKE Chicken, I guess, but the stewardess never asks me that question in coach. haha.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MIKE 1. My wife Rachel.
2. Brushes
3. Talisman, the role playing board game
4. A ton of Wacky Tobacky
5. A 10,000 pack of beer

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MIKE Pacolli – because I’m a huge fan of her art and she’s awesome . . I also bet she’ll have some better and more exciting answers than I gave. ha!

COB? Thanks a lot Mike!