Mina Tang Kan was born in Shanghai, China and graduated from Vassar College and after working in New York City art galleries, received a Master of Arts in Printmaking from CSULB, in Long Beach, California, where she served on the faculty.of that college and later at El Camino College, Golden West College and at the Palos Verdes Art Center. She is a Past President of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and former Gallery Director of the Huachuca Art Association. Her art work, which includes oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, woodcuts, etchings, photo-etchings, silk screens, and monoprints, has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Paris, London, Hawaii, Korea and Arizona, and included in many private and corporate art collections. She has resided in Arizona since 1995 and in 1999 was honored as Artist of the Year in Sierra Vista. Currently she is also the director of the Tang Gallery, 32 Main Street, in Bisbee, Arizona.
Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, creativity was part of everyday life. I have vivid memories of asking my father to draw Mickey Mouse, or another Disney character--or anything else at all. He was a natural artist albeit a colorblind one. I like to think that I inherited my artistic talent from him. Throughout childhood I was always drawing pictures, coloring, or making paper dolls. In elementary school, my favorite assignments were the ones that included creating illustrations. High school art introduced me to a wide array of processes: silk screen, linoleum printmaking, soap carving and copper enameling in addition to the usual drawing and painting. In college I took classes in etching and ceramics but it was woodblock printing that captured my attention and the media to which I have devoted my talents.I am fortunate to have been able to combine my printmaking skills with an interest in costumes and textiles. A graduate degree in European costume history combined with museum experience in non-western clothing provided me a worldwide view of the history of dress. Recent travel to Japan has influenced my most recent prints.