1905 Born in Panama to a family from Panyu, Guangdong Province.
1910 Immigrates to Hong Kong and resides in Shaukiwan where his father Chan Kei Ning owns a teahouse alongside the tramline.
1920 Studies at Queen’s College which was located on Aberdeen Street, Central, the present site of the Former Police Headquarters.
1923 Works as freelance on lettering design for Star Ferry advertisements from which the wages goes to the subscription to art magazines from abroad.
1927 Enrolls in a correspondence art course with Press Art School in London.
1934 Joins the Hong Kong Art Club. Wins the first prize in the Hong Kong Art Club annual exhibition.
1935 Tours in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou for outdoor sketching and presents an exhibition of those works in Hong Kong. Wins the first prize in the Hong Kong Art Club annual exhibition.
1936 Elected as a committee member of the Hong Kong Art Club. Founded the Hong Kong Working Artists’ Guild.
1943 Jervois Street, a watercolour work wins a silver cup in the South China Exhibition.
1947 Joint exhibition with Lee Byng and Yee Bon at Hotel Cecil. Former Governor of Hong Kong Sir Grantham and Lady Grantham attended the show.
1952 Becomes the Chairman of the Hong Kong Art Club.
1953 Establishes a private studio to teach students. His book “Treatise on Painting by Luis Chan” is published.
1954 His books “How to Paint a Portrait” and “A Survey of Chinese Painting” are published. Together with Lee Byng, Yee Bon, Pau Shiu Yau, T.P. Chui, S.P. Lee and Ng Po Wan, Luis founds the Hong Kong Artists’ Group.
1955 His book “The Art of Sketching” is published. Judges the Chinese painting section in the 1st “Hong Kong Art Festival”.
1957 Withdraws from Hong Kong Artists’ Group.
1959 His book “Lessons on Watercolour Painting” is published.
1960 Founded the Chinese Contemporary Artists’ Guild. Becomes chairman of the visual art section for the 6th “Hong Kong Art Festival”.
1961 His books “The Art of Lettering” and “The Art of Decorative Lettering” are published. Becomes the Honorary Adviser of the City Museum and Art Gallery.
1965 His book “Evolution of Paintings in Twentieth-century” is published.
1969-1971 Organizes and participates in the Open Air Art Market of the “Hong Kong Art Festival”.
1976 His book “Technique of Watercolour Painting” is published.
1978 His book “The World of Luis Chan” is published.
1979 “Luis Chan and Fish” filmed by Wong Lo.
1980 His book “Survey of Drawings by Old and Contemporary Masters” is published.
1983 His book “Survey of Figure Paintings by Old and Contemporary Masters” is published.
1988 Documentary “Beyond Dreams – The Visionary of Luis Chan” by RTHK.
2012 The World of Luis Chan, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China 2011 A Retrospective of Luis Chan, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 1993 10th Anniversary Show, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 1990 The World of Luis Chan, Hanart Gallery, New York, USA 1989 Solo Exhibition, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 1988 Solo Exhibition, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, USA 1987 The World of Luis Chan, The National Museum of Singapore Dreams and Fantasies- The Art of Luis Chan, Chinese Culture Institute 1986 A Feast of Colours- Recent Paintings by Luis Chan, Hanart TZ Gallery at City Hall, Hong Kong 1985 Luis Chan at Eighty, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 1984 Luis Chan: 50 Years of Artistic Career, The Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong 1983 The World of Luis Chan, Hanart TZ Gallery at City Hall Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong 1974 Luis Chan: Retrospective Exhibition of Watercolours 1938-1962, City Museum and Art Gallery 1973 Solo Exhibition at Beresford Gallery, Massachusetts, USA 1945 Solo Exhibition in Macao 1938 Bloomsbury Gallery, London 1935 Gloucester House, Hong Kong
2012 A Tribute to Hong Kong Masters, Hanart Square, Hong Kong 2011 Summer Show, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong 1956 Travelling joint-exhibition with Yu Ben, Wu Dongbai and Wu Bunyun, China 1947 Joint Exhibition with Lee Byng and Yee Bon, Hotel Cecil