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KAN TAI KEUNG

Dr. Kan Tai-keung SBS. BBS. AGI

Born in 1942 in Pangyu, Guangzhou and resided in Hong Kong since 1957. Kan first studied art and design in 1964 and Kan took up design studies in graphic design om 1967. He started working as a designer since then and continued to study Chinese ink painting with Lui Shou-kwan. He starts his own ink painting in 1970 and was once member of One Art Group. Kan is active participant of Hong Kong New Ink Art Movement and also actively involved in art and design education in early 70s. He has influenced many pupils. 


Kan’s works have earned him numerous awards and international publicity. In 1979, Kan was the first designer elected as one of the "Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons". Other important awards including: Award of Urban Council Fine Art (1981), Gold Awards, International Art Competition, Los Angeles (1984),The 2nd Hsing Shih Biennial Award (1987),  the Year Award (1991), 1st Prize in the 1st International Computer Art Biennale in Rzeszów (1995), Gold Award in Mercury Award, New York and Outstanding Achievements Award (1998). He was conferred the Honour of Bronze Bauhinia Star (1999) and later the Honor of Silver Bauhinia Star (2010). In 2005,Kan was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Design in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2016, he was award the HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award by Hong Kong Designers Association.


Kan held a number of solo exhibitions around the world. His works are widely collected by museums and private collectors alike including The Hong Kong Museum of Art; Hong Kong Heritage Museum; National Art Museum of China;Guangdong Art Museum;Taiwan Provincial Art Museum; The Art Society of the International Monetary Fund Washington in U. S. A.; Museu Luis de Camoes; Victoria & Albert Museum British; The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxfordetc. 


Kan also actively involves in educating and promoting art and design profession. He is now the Fellow Member of Alliance Graphique Internationale; Advisor of the Leisure & Cultural Services Department; Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Museum of Art; Board Member of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority; the Foundation Dean of the Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, Shantou University, Guest Professor of Central Institute of Fine Arts in Beijing and Guest Professor of Tsing Hua University of Fine Arts in Beijing and Guest Professor,  Honorary Professor and Chief Professor of Universities and institute