Based in New York, Chinese American artist Mu Pan (1976) is known for his large epic and narrative paintings with animal and half-human creatures, precisely drawn, whose portrayals are often placed in semi-historical, mythical and pop culture battle settings.
Monsters in his paintings represent current issues that concern him, ranging from global warming, to racism, or authoritarianism.
Sayonara Vikings, 2020
By Guillermo de la Torre
by MU PAN
Together and exclusively for ART CAN DIE, Mu Pan created a 1-meter tall sculpture representing the mythical elephant Erawan.
This is the first time for the artist to venture into three-dimensional art. The sculpture is the artistic gatekeeper of the NEW ARK, and will protect the sacred chest during its world tour.
Mu Pan believes that war creates great characters, and that one has got to be a great artist in order to fight a war as a commander.
Drawing and painting are for him the most obvious ways to claim justice. He uses creation as a pretext to highlight everything he dislikes such as violence, conflict or lies.
An impressive collection of intricate paintings and drawings.
Mu Pan’s Garden Of Earthly Delights, 2019
Kimba The White Lion, 2019
Big Whale, 2018
Dinoasshole Chapter 8, 2016
“I dream to have the dominating power to rule, to destroy, and instill fear into my enemies. Of course, it’s impossible. No one can have this kind of power in today’s world. So I created my own world for myself with my images. In my images, I can be whatever I want to be and eat whoever I hate. Every monster I draw is actually a self-portrait.”