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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, and often placed in semi-historical, mythical and pop culture battle settings.

The monsters in his paintings represent contemporary issues that concern him, such as racism, global warming, and authoritarianism.

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Art Can Die contemporary Chinese American artist Mu Pan Brooklyn NYC
Sayonara Vikings painting - New York Chinese American artist Mu Pan

Sayonara Vikings, 2020

By Guillermo de la Torre

Lucy painting by contemporary Chinese American artist Mu Pan
Contemporary artist Mu Pan’s Garden Of Earthly Delights painting

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.

“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.” 

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.

Chinese-American artist Mu Pan Kimba The White Lion painting

Mu Pan's intricate paintings and drawings.

Lucy, 2019

Mu Pan’s Garden Of Earthly Delights, 2019

Shamurai painting contemporary artist Mu Pan

Shamurai, 2018

Kimba The White Lion, 2019

Chinese-American contemporary artist Mu Pan Big Whale painting
Chinese-American contemporary artist Mu Pan’s Dinoasshole Chapter 8 art painting

Big Whale, 2018

Dinoasshole Chapter 8, 2016



Mu Pan has created a 1-meter tall sculpture of the mythical elephant Erawan, exclusively for ACD. The sculpture serves as the artistic guardian of the NEW ARK and marks the artist's first expedition into three-dimensional art.

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