He studied Western painting with Professor Wang Daoyuan at the Guangzhou College of Fine Arts and graduated in 1949. Later, under the guidance of his brother, the late Guan Shanyue, one of China's great masters of Chinese painting and the chief driving force of the Lingnan School of Painting in modern times, Shan Guan gradually turned to the study of the art of Chinese painting. He traveled to the far reaches of China, in particular the province of Yunnan, where he absorbed the beauty and wonder of its people and landscape. Abiding by the guiding principles of learning from nature and executing new concepts in Chinese paintings, he incorporated his observations into his works and sought to carve his own path in his artistic aspiration.
Throughout his professional career, Shan Guan worked as a photojournalist and as a commercial photographer. Since moving to the United States in 1994, he has produced impressive paintings of the American landscape in addition to his works on China.
After settling in America, he also enjoyed gardening, Chinese chess, and spending time with his friends and family.
Shan Guan passed away on May 30th, 2023, in New Jersey, USA.
He is survived by his son Tao Guan, his daughter-in-law Fandy Guan, his son-in-law, Yiu Wan Cheung, and his grandchildren, Grace Cheung, Angela Cheung, and Dorothy Guan.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Hong Mian Guan and wife, Wan Zhen Liang.
The viewing will be held on Friday, June 9th, 2023, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at Higgins Home for Funerals at 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ 07069.