MalPina Chan was born in California and received her BFA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Her work is a continuing investigation of the transitory nature of the human condition, our connection to each other and to the natural world. Her portfolio includes works on paper, glass, mixed-media, and artist books. She is a graduate of the Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development program and a recipient of an Artist Trust GAP (Grants for Artist Projects) in 2012.
MalPinas work can be found in collections at the UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, King County Courthouse, 4Culture King County Portable Works, City of Tacoma, Portland Regional Arts & Culture Council, University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library, and the Evergreen State College. Her work is also included in Women Beyond Borders: Art Expressing Life, an international community building project.
Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Bullseye Gallery, Seattle City Hall, Patricia Cameron Gallery, Artxchange Gallery, Rosetta Hunter Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, San Francisco Center for the Book, and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.
MalPinas projects also include independent curatorial work, teaching workshops and lecturing. Currently she is part of the curatorial team mounting monthly exhibitions featuring EDGE graduates at the Corridor Gallery in the Tashiro Kaplan. She is also serves as an Artist Trust Ambassador. MalPina lives and works in Olympia, Washington.