Yihang Pan Chinese Artist
At 16 he presented two pieces in a show in the National Gallery in Beijing, and from 1980 to 1986 his paintings received exhibitions at the Hunan Art Gallery in Changsha and again in the National Gallery and were published widely in such national periodicals as CHINA FINE ART MAGAZINE. Among his awards from this time were two first prizes for work shown at the Art Exhibition of Hunan and honors at the Chinese National Art Exhibition in the nation's capital. In 1983 he was appointed an instructor of oil painting and fine arts in Hunan Normal University, a post he held until he came to the United States in 1986.
The artist spent a year at Ohio University and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Maryland Institute in Baltimore. There he studied under the noted abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan, and in his free time haunted the museums of New York. And there he began to discover that personal style which has become his visual signature. (by Dennis Wepman)