Dr Kan Tai-keung studied art and design and started his design career in 1967. He played an important role in the New Ink Movement in the 1970s. Dr Kan has won numerous prestigious awards around the world. He was elected as one of the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 1979. Other important awards include the Urban Council Fine Art Award (1981); the Gold Awards, International Art Competition, Los Angeles (1984); and First Prize at the First International Computer Art Biennale in Rzeszów, Poland (1995), and the Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century in the UK (2000). In 2005, he was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Design by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2016, he was awarded the HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award by the Hong Kong Designers Association. His works have received critical acclaim and are frequently exhibited around the world and collected by prominent museums. He was the Dean of the Cheung Kong Art and Design School of Shantou University (from 2003 to 2011) and is now a Member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and a Museum Expert Advisor for the Hong Kong Museum of Art.