Chin Shek Lam was born in 1918 in China. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1970 he enjoyed a distinctive career that included the founding of the Institute of Oriental Art in China in 1944 and in 1949 the creation of the Institute of Oriental Art in Hong Kong.
Chin Shek Lam's art is rooted in the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy but he also incorporated Western techniques and approaches after meeting Picasso, Miro, and many other western artists. He enjoyed critical acclaim from those knowledgeable about his kind of art in the �second half� of his career. Lam lived in Vancouver, Calgary and finally Toronto before his death in 1990.