Born in China in 1949, Tan Kian Por graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1970 and has studied Chinese ink painting under Shi Xiangtuo and Chen Chong Swee. Influenced by Shanghai school artists Wu Changshuo and Ren Bonian, Tan’s thematic interests include traditional genres of bird and flower paintings although figurative works form a significance portion of his artistic output. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2001.