Mr. Mak Ming Chan was born in the Santou city of Guangdong province in China to a scholar’s family. He started to study calligraphy at a very young age and trained extensively with Grand Master Mai Hua San, a renowned master of calligraphy in China. Mak Ming Chan moved to Hong Kong in the 70’s where he won many prizes for his art work and became an esteem artist and teacher of calligraphy in his own right. His work expresses a rare kind of beauty which integrates gentleness and strength as well as simplicity and depth. His art has been widely recognized in China, Hong Kong and overseas. He currently resides in the San Francisco, Bay Area.
Awards and Notables
- Championship of calligraphy competition hosted by Hong Kong University: poem by Su Shi (Song Dynasty). Hong Kong, 1979.
- Permanent collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art: Two scrolls of poem couplet by Deng Shiru (Qin Dynasty). Hong Kong, 1989.
- United States Postal Service postage design: “Snake” character for the Year of the Snake. San Francisco, 2001.
- Personal collection of Mr. Ma Ying Jeou, president of Taiwan: the “Horse” scroll. Taiwan, 2003.
- Campaign for the China Olympic Games: “Olympic Dragon”. Beijing, 2007.
- CCSF new Chinatown campus building: poem by Han Yu (Tang Dynasty). San Francisco, 2009.
- Exhibition in China's National Museum, also permanent collection of the Historical Museum of Overseas Chinese: “Hainan” scroll. Beijing, 2012.