Fan Yan 范欣

Fan Yan was born in Beijing into an artistic and musical family. From a young age, she was drawn to painting as means of expression even though her first career was that of a classically trained violinist and viola player. It was this musical career that brought her to Hong Kong to study at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and later to play with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and various chamber music groups. After a successful musical career spanning 20 years, Fan Yan came to realise that she had to pursue her first love, that of painting.


Fan Yan developed her technical skill under the tutelage of renowned local artists Lam Tian Xin, Cecilia Ho, Ng Chung and Pak Yeung. It was during this period of intense study that Fan Yan started to develop her own unique style. While working with the media of traditional Chinese art, using Chinese ink, water colour and rice paper, Fan Yan also experiments with oil pastel, and finds inspiration in the works of Western artists such as Henri Matisse, César, Paul Klee and Marlene Dumas.

Elements of her work may seem reminiscent of Chinese art, but Fan Yan resists the constraints of traditional Chinese art in search of a freer expression of the rhythm, harmony and essence she sees in her subjects.

In her first series Variations on flowers, Fan Yan explored the energy and impermanence of nature’s fragile art form, the flower, using watercolour and Chinese ink to express what cannot be seen but surely exists.

Photo series aims at connecting old and new, by putting on the ancient and traditional medium of rice paper, subjects inspired by modern day-to-day life, such as friends’ photos on social networks.

Then with Music series, in a more abstract way, Fan Yan reconciles her visual sense with her musical mind by transforming her inner rhythms, melodies and harmonies into beautiful lines, shapes and colours.

In 2018, she developed the musical theme with an other angle: the Music score series

More recently, Fan Yan has started a new series called Polyphonies, which explores yet another visual language to illustrate the polyphonic musical form.

Polyphony in Black number 2 was selected as one of the 500 ink masterpieces worldwide to be exhibited at Ink Global 2020 in March 2021.



  • 2007: “Ink – Colour – Phenomenon”, with Lam Tian Xing and the 4-D Art Club, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

  • 2013: “Awakening”, with Cecilia Ho and José Drummond, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

  • 2013: “Vivid Colours - vivid expressions”, with Lam Tian Xing and the 4-D Art Club, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

  • 2015: “HKSAR 18th Anniversary Celebration Reminiscence of HK”, joint exhibition, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

  • 2015: “Fusion Extravaganza”, with Lam Tian Xing and the 4-D Art Club, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

  • 2016: “Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

  • 2016: “Third Asian Watercolor Expression 2016”, Bandung, Indonesia

  • 2016: “2016 Incheon Global Art Exhibition”, Incheon, Korea

  • 2017: “Splashing Colours from our Heart”, with Lam Tian Xing and the 4-D Art Club, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

  • 2017: “2017 Incheon Global Art Exhibition”, Incheon, Korea

  • 2017: “Shenzhen International Art Fair”, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China

  • 2018: "While it goes by", Cheer Bell Gallery, Hong Kong (February-March 2018)

  • 2018: “Hong Kong’s Female Artists Exhibition in Saint Petersburg”, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia (May 2018)

  • 2019: "Art Discovery Day", Auberge Hotel, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong






她從師香港著名畫家林天行、何穎妍、吳松和楊百友。除了直接受到他們的影響,她還受到諸多西方大師:Henri Matisse, Paul Klee和 Marlene Dumas等的啓發。       




  • 2007:「境象彩墨」四維彩墨會員作品展 香港大會堂高座

  • 2011:「醒覺」香港視覺藝術中心

  • 2013:「彩墨彩」四維彩墨會員作品展 香港大會堂高座

  • 2015年6月:  「共繪香江行書畫展」香港大會堂高座

  • 2015年10月:「水墨彩」四維彩墨會員作品展 香港大會堂高座

  • 2016年5月:「香港藝博會」香港會展中心

  • 2016年7月:「印尼國際水彩聯展」印度尼西亞

  • 2016年9月:「韓國仁川市國際水彩聯展」韓國仁川

  • 2017年9月:「韓國仁川市國際水彩聯展」韓國仁川

  • 2017年11月:「心彩墨」四維彩墨會員作品展 香港大會堂高座

  • 2017年1月: 深圳國際藝術博覽會 深圳會展中心

  • 2018年2月: 夢迴. 半響 冼朗兒及范欣作品展 盈鑾畫廊

  • 2018年5月: 被選應邀參展俄羅斯聖彼德堡九位香港女藝術家聯展