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.
When Smith was accepted by the Royal College of Art in London to participate in the Post Experience Programme, which offered him the opportunity to draw from cadavers at the University of London’s School of Medicine, he worked on variations of images, including interpretative anatomical sketches of body parts. These drawings are captured in his powerful series “Silent Orators”. Additional work on this series includes the lithographs produced in Berlin, Germany, working at the Professional Association of Berlin Artists (BBK) printmaking facilities, as well as etchings from acrylic hard grounds, and the non-toxic etching process using photopolymer film. Smith developed his “Berlin Air Lift” studies drawn in situ at Berlin’s Templehof airport, and later re-interpreted, and printed them as linear images with the photopolymer film process at Berlin’s Druckstelle Printmaking Studios. Continuing his work at BBK, Smith further developed a selection of drawings done in India and produced as lithographs.Other thematic works i.e., Smith’s etching editions of “Warrior Suit of Armor”, “The London Bagpiper” and “Italian Youth”, as well as conté crayon drawings and digital prints, represent interpretations of images captured in selected art museums abroad and in the U.S. Currently, Smith produces drawings and prints in his printmaking studio in San Diego, California, and works periodically in professional printmaking facilities in Berlin, Germany.Smith’s prints have received juried awards, including a purchase prize by the Pasadena Art Museum for its permanent collection. His heavily embossed etching triptych titled ‘Ranger I,II, III’ was on loan from the Los Angeles County Art Museum Rental Gallery to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena California. Smith’s work has been shown in numerous private and public solo and group juried exhibitions. His works are currently being prepared for national and international exhibitions, and for public and private galleries and collections.