Tinyan Chan

In 1957, the city of Guangzhou in southern China held an exhibition of nineteenth century arts, which included a display of exquisite sketch work from the famous German artist, Adolph Menzel. His skills distinctly captured light and shadow, and his ability to portray themes of ordinary, everyday life into such extraordinary pictures of art inspired young artist, Tinyan Chan.

Tinyan Chan

From: Vancouver, Canada, originally from China | Medium: Oil painting, acrylic, watercolor

Tinyan Chan’s unique painting style combines a compelling blend of Western and Asian aesthetics. Tinyan’s energetic, impressionistic style and fearless use of brilliant color reflect the diverse cultural influences of his life.

The delineations in Tinyan’s work recall beautiful expressions of classic Chinese calligraphy. Oriental color sensibility and serenely natural scenes allow strokes of fuchsia, yellow, and turquoise to combine harmoniously, where one might expect them to clash. With the delicate Chinese brush discipline, Tinyan scatters lively and undisciplined patches of brilliant color throughout his compositions. He deftly balances oriental and occidental components to arrive at his idiosyncratic diversity via the intriguing stylistic link.

Born in Hin Kwong Village, Go Yew County, Kwangtung, China in 1942 Tinyan is renowned in his native land for his masterful depictions of water scenes, woodland scenes and florals in both watercolor and oil. He was honored in 2012 with fortnight’s Life Retrospective – a 100-Piece Exhibition in Guangzhou province – and a civic award.

The youngest of an artistic family, Tinyan studied at Canton Academy of Fine Arts, whence he moved to Hong Kong to set up studio. His adventures took him to west Africa, where he designed gorgeous fabrics for Nigerian Textiles. The tranquil village life, spiced with exotic color and design, permanently influenced him.

Following his African adventure, Tinyan traveled throughout Europe. He studied at the prestigious École Nationale Superieure de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Finally Chan settled in Canada in 1968, and became one of that country’s most celebrated artists. He was the youngest of 25 elected members of the esteemed Federation of Canadian Artists.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Federation of Canadian Artists, 2011
  • Signature Membership (SFCA designation), Federation of Canadian Artists
  • Spilsbury Bronze Medal Award, The Federation of Canadian Artists, 2004
  • Gold Medal, FCA & AFCA Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, 1994
  • Honorable mention, International Artists in Water colour competition, London, 1981

Collection & Exhibits

  • Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
  • The Federation of Canadian Artists
  • His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand
  • Her Royal Highness, Srinakarin, The King’s Mother of Thailand
  • Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, Vancouver
  • Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, The People’s Government of Guangdong Province, China
  • Foreign Affairs Office, The People’s Government of Guangzhou City, China
  • The University of British Columbia
  • United Nigerian Textile, Nigeria
  • Shell Oil Company, Canada
  • Scott Paper Company, Canada
  • Niji, Amsterdam, Holland
Tinyan Chan