Fan Yan

Beijing, China

Introduction

Born in a family of musicians in Beijing, Fan Yan was a classically trained violinist and viola player from a young age, while at the same time she was drawn to painting. She came to Hong Kong to study at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1987. After graduation, she played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years. In 2011, she began to devote herself to painting, realising her lifes dream. Fan folds and dyes rice paper to divulge patterns reflective of the repetitive nature of music score. With this experimental artistic practice, she constantly explores the interpretation of various elements of music with a new unique visual language. In 2020 she developed a Music Series called Polyphonies which won a number of awards, namely the UOB Art Academys Art in Ink 2020, and the Ink Global 2020 award. She has also exhibited in Korea, Singapore, and Russia.


BIOGRAPHY
Born in Beijing, China, in a family of musicians
Classically trained violinist and viola player from a young age
1987 Came to Hong Kong to study at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
After graduation, she played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years
2011 Began to devote herself to painting

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

2022

  • French May Arts Festival, Hong Kong

2021

  • Polyphony, Compo Marzio concept store, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

  • Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition, Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2023

2022

  • Light UpGoethe-Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2020

  • Ink GlobalHong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2019

  • Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

2018

  • Hong Kong Contemporary Female Artist Exhibition, Saint Petersburg State UniversitySt. Petersburg, Russia

2017

  • Shenzhen International Art Fair, Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China

2016 & 2017

  • International Watercolour Exhibition, Incheon, Korea

2016

  • 3rd Asian Watercoluor Expression, Bandung, Indonesia

2013

  • Awakening, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2021  Bronze award, Abstract Open Category, 2020 UOB Art in Ink Award

2020  Selected into Ink Global, one of the 500 ink painting of the year