Born in Miao-li, Taiwan. Jan Chin-shui graduated from the Fine Arts Department of National Taiwan Academy of Arts. He was awarded the first prize in the 11th National Fine Arts Exhibition in 1987 and the Golden Literature & Art Prize from the Ministry of Education in 1989. Jan participated in an important exhibition of Chinese contemporary art in Shanghai in 1997. He has published four exhibition catalogues and his works can be found in the public collection of the Taipei National Taiwan University of the Arts (today's Taipei University of the Arts).