A native of Hong Kong, Chan grew up near the Kowloon Walled City, one of the city-state’s roughest neighborhoods and home to the Kai Tak Airport. Despite being a child laborer at the age of five, Chan was a diligent student, which enabled him to leave in 1980 to pursue art studies in the United States. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1985 from the internationally renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, USA, which is consistently recognized as a top design school.
This was followed by an award-winning career in commercial design, which included Chan’s operating his own graphic and branding firm in New York, NY. Clients included Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, American Express Private Bank, and Standard Chartered Private Bank.
Chan’s graphic design and fine art works have appeared in publications worldwide, such as New York magazine, AIGA, Print magazine (USA), l’architecture d’aujourd’hui (France), City magazine (Hong Kong), pen magazine, World Corporate Profile Graphics, World Trademarks and Logotype (Japan) and art publications based in China, the United States, Japan, France, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, England, and Spain.
While pursuing his commercial business, Chan also dedicated himself to art and design education, as well as working as a photojournalist. He served as an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY) for six years and as a reviewer of FIT senior portfolios for ten years. Chan’s photojournalism reports appeared in The Hong Kong Economic Times.
In 2011, Chan returned to his roots in Hong Kong where he continues to apply his mastery of forms, shapes, colors and textures in the creation of fine art photographic montages.