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b. 1964, Manila Philippines

Malu Tan is an award winning abstract expressionist artist known for her strong gestural marks, texture and color palette.  She studied at the Art Academy in London which was the catalyst to pursue a childhood dream.

Malu has shown work nationally and internationally at various museums and galleries, including Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum at Schoolhouse Theater, Monika Olko Gallery, Charlestown Gallery, Faber Birren, and The Philippine Consulate in New York.  Her work is also part of the permanent collection of The Yale New Haven Medical Center and Cartus Corporation.  She currently lives and works in Charlotte NC.

Artist Statement

I am inspired by the natural world and by the process of painting. During my travels and vistas, I record my experiences and impressions with drawings and quick sketches in a notebook I carry wherever I go. Usually it would be simple pleasures that I find interesting and majestic.

I begin working with multiple quick sketches on paper to compose a painting. On a blank canvas, I paint loosely and intuitively blocking off patches of color and using gestural marks. Over a period of time, I build up layers of paint and color, and (sometimes) scrape back to re-discover something done before. I keep my work fresh and dynamic by blending the images into each other, evoking an atmospheric feel. This process is  both intentional and experimental.

My paintings are an expression of my intimate relationship with the environment. It operates between figurative and abstract and offers a sense of place that is both familiar and new.  My intention is to encourage the viewer to look at my work with a degree of contemplation, discovery, and entrancement.


Curriculum Vitae 


Select Exhibitions


  • NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA
  • SUMMER SHOW, Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown RI
  • MINI SOLOS, Katonah Museum at Schoolhouse Theater, Croton Falls,NY


  • SHIM INVITATIONAL, ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn NY
  • TERRITORY UNLIMITED, Topaz Gallery, Woodside NY
  • OLLEY COURT, Ridgefield CT
  • BRUSHWORK, Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton CT
  • On & Off the Wall, Art/Place, Fairfield CT
  • ART ABOUT TOWN, The Brownstone, Westport CT
  • 53rd CCNS ART SHOW, Rowayton CT
  • HUMOR ME! Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT


  • Annual Juried Exhibition, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT (Curator: Anne Strauss, MET)
  • THE ELEMENTS, LOFT Artist Association, Stamford CT (Curator: Sophia Gevas)
  • ABSTRACTION, Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton CT- Second Place
  • ART WALK, Rockwell Gallery, Ridgefield CT
  • Summer Show, Seven Arts Gallery, Ridgefield CT
  • Juried Member's Show, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT (Curator: Laura Einstein)
  • SPRING FORWARD, Xpozure Gallery, Wilton CT
  • SPECTRUM/SUSTAINABLE ART SHOW, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan CT (Curator: Anne von Stuelpnagel, Bruce Museum)
  • Annual Juried Art Show,  Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich CT (Curator: Cara Manes, MoMA)
  • ANIMAL SPIRIT, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT


  • LIGHT Juried Exibition, The Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford CT
  • Annual Art Exhibit, Society of Philippine-American Artists, New York NY
  • Annual Art Show, Pequot Library, Southport CT - Honorable Mention
  • Annual Juried Exhibition , Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT (Curator: Jacquie Littlejohn)
  • Annual Member's Show , Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan CT
  • Bedlam , Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT
  • Juried Member's Show, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT  (Curator: Susan Hardesty)
  • Resolution 2013, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT                               


  • Graduate Show 2012, The Art Academy, London UK                                         


  • Summer Show, Hampstead School of Art, London UK                            


  • Student Show, Greenwich Art Society Gallery, Greenwich CT


  • Student Show, Ayala Museum, Makati City, Philippines, 1998



 Picture That Art Consultants, Stamford CT

  Monika Olko Gallery, Sag Harbor NY

  Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown RI

  Watershed Gallery, Ridgefield CT

  Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield CT

  Westport Arts Center, Westport CT

  Westport Artist Collective, Westport CT

  Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich CT

  Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton CT

  Society of Philippine American Artists, New York NY



   Postgraduate Certificate in Painting, The Art Academy, London UK, 2012

  Various Art Related Studies:

            Hampstead School of Art, London UK

            Wilton Continuing Education, Wilton CT

            Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich CT

            The Arts Students League, New   York NY

            University of the Philippines, School of Fine Arts, Quezon City, Philippines,

            Ayala Museum, Makati City, Philippines

            Private Tutorials, Manila, Philippines

  Other Education:

            BA in History and BS in Business Management, De La Salle University, Manila Philippines, 1985



  Co-founder and designer for handbags, FINO Leatherware Inc., Manila Philippines, 1994-99

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