Pan Qui Qun comes from humble beginnings, born in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China in 1952. During China’s “Ten Years of Chaos”, the Cultural Revolution that lasted from 1966 to 1976, he was in his teens and forced to work as a farm laborer under the harshest of conditions. The Cultural Revolution essentially shut down China’s educational system, prohibiting him from attending high school. His innate artistic talent and his dream of perfecting his skills carried him to survive.
In the early 1980s, he and three of his friends emerged as pioneers in Chinese modern art. Soon after, they immigrated to America with the sincere purpose of experimentation, seeking to mix their traditional aesthetic values with Western main-trend art. After arriving in Los Angeles, he devoted years to study at City College and Otis-Parsons College of Art and Design, graduating in 1988.
His abstract art is a series of radiant worlds on canvas. His linear forms, laid down in translucent layers, intersect organic pools of iridescent color, just as thought and emotion interact in the mind.
Along with friends from University, he participates in an annual show called LA-4, which has been held in the Liu Hai-su Art Museum in Shanghai. Pan and his LA-4 counter parts have experienced frustration, loss and suffering, but their determination to have their art internationally recognized has never been shaken.
His work has been exhibited at Los Angeles Art Expo, New York Art Expo, Los Angeles Art Fair and Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exposition. His paintings are found in the collections of private, corporate and educational entities, among them Bill Gates, Sears, The LA Times and NASA.