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.
Sayonara Vikings, 2020
By Guillermo de la Torre
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.
Mu Pan's intricate paintings and drawings.
Mu Pan’s Garden Of Earthly Delights, 2019
Kimba The White Lion, 2019
Big Whale, 2018
Dinoasshole Chapter 8, 2016
by MU PAN
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.