SM City North EDSA welcomes the Chinese New Year with an exhibit of artworks from Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students

Monday, January 16, 2017

To celebrate the Chinese New Year this 2017, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students have prepared more than 300 artworks done in porcelain plates, scroll & oil paintings. The exhibit is participated by 43 talented artists and will be held from January 15 to February 12 at The Block Atrium of SM City North EDSA.

The Block Atrium is decorated with different beautifully designed hand-painted art works from Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students. The Chinese court and folk dance presentation and the fiery lion and dragon dance welcomed the guests and mall shoppers.

Likewise, The Chan Lim family also held a workshop for the media on how to do Chinese painting. For starters, we were all taught how to paint bamboo. It might look easy but without passion and patience, I don't think it's would be easy for anyone to do it.

Mr. Alex Lim also did a sample of his notable Chinese Painting and how it should be done.

Mr. Robin Padilla was also present during the momentous event.

The Chan Lim Family of Artists has been engaged in the arts for close to half a century. In the present, there are three generations of Chan Lim artists who use a wide variety of media, styles and techniques to incorporate Western into Eastern art. The family continues to get involved in the arts by actively developing and promoting Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad. The Chan Lims also support several charitable organizations with a special focus on environmental sustainability.

The Art Exhibit at SM North Edsa The Block 

The passion of Chan Lim, the family patriarch, lies in Oil and Watercolor. While most of his art are on canvas, he has forayed into other media such as porcelain plates, Asian lanterns and fans to infuse Western techniques into the traditional Eastern art. 

Interestingly, none of the Chan Lim Family members have degrees related to the arts. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are licensed engineers and connected with multinational companies representing various industries. Innovation is an important focus area for the family. Coming from different fields and industries, the family was able to create artworks with fans, lanterns and porcelain plates as their canvas.

Bound by their passion for the arts, the Chan Lim family of Artists has conducted numerous art classes, workshops, seminars, and on-the-spot painting demonstrations. They have joined several art exhibits locally and internationally. The elder Chan Lims have successfully nurtured the artistic talents of the third generation. The younger brood enjoys experimenting with different types of media, along with modern digital techniques, and incorporates these into Chinese art.

The Chan Lim Family’s first exhibit in 1995 was held in SM Megamall, and their first interaction painting in oil was done in 1998. It was a Chinese-style painting given as a gift to the family patriarch Chan Lim.

Together with their students, they have traveled nationwide to hold exhibits and conduct free Chinese painting sessions. Chan Lim is the name used by the family patriarch in signing all his artworks. The name is formed by combining the last names of the siblings’ parents. His real name is Jose.

The year 2017 celebrates Chan Lim's 80th birth year, a very auspicious milestone in the Chinese culture. All the art exhibits during the year will be highlighting this event Eight of the exhibits will be specially-themed to celebrate the felicitous family event.

The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today, and is sought after in this field. Art classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City. Their paintings can be found in private collections here and abroad.

You may email them at or view their artworks at

Witness the majestic exhibit and take part in celebrating a prosperous year ahead!

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