Kai Chan was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1966. He studied

Biology in Chung Chi College in Hong Kong and Interior Design in Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Since 1973 he has many solo as well as group exhibitions in Canada, United States of America, Europe, Japan and Australia. He has received numerous grants and awards including the 1998 Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award and in 2002 the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts. His work is in the collections of Museum of Civilization

(Gatineau, Quebec), Museum London (London, Ontario), the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, SK); the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa, Ontario), the Library & Gallery (Cambridge, Ontario), and Musée des Arts Decoratifs de Montréal, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimusem,

Norway. Chan maintains his studio in Toronto, Canada.

Artist statement:

My work comes out of life. It is my way to learn to live with the world and to experience the passage of my time. Immediate surroundings become closest to my work which re-describe these images, through my body and my sensitivity, touch and gesture. I focus on everything that frees up anything I know to invent a new realm that is enigmatic and ambiguous. The mystery of being is most powerful and seductive. My work is negative-politic. My paradise is void of politics.

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