CalColor Atelier was founded by Kai Lun Qu in July 2018. Serving as a branch program associated with CalColor Academy in Cupertino, the Atelier program is meant to serve as an art studio for students who truly wish to learn proper drawing and painting techniques. The Atelier’s mission belief is that anyone can learn how to draw and paint with proper instructions and mileage in practice — even you have zero experience. (Many students who achieve success within the Atelier were all complete beginners with no prior artistic education). 

Kai Lun Qu immigrated with his parents from China shortly after he was born and grew up in San Francisco, California. Being raised in an artistic family, he ventured to learn drawing and painting from world renowned artists such as Daniel Keys , Timothy Rees and Michelle Dunaway.  He graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Arts.


In 2018, He was one of twenty-six recipients chosen out of nearly 3000 entries to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his painting Ashton in the 20th Annual International Portrait Society of America Competition. He has also been the winning recipient of the Robert Gamblin Paint Prize, National Congressional Art Competition, and the Art of the Portrait Grant from the Portrait Society of America. His work has been included and published by the likes of Southwest Art Magazine, Poets and Artist Magazine, and PleinAir Magazine.

Kai has exhibited in Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, US Capitol Building in Washington D.C., and the Schuler School of Fine Arts, Maryland Art Place, and Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Kai is currently an Accredited Member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painter.

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