Kai Lun Qu b.1995 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 back to China after graduating junior high and was then placed in the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts High School in Beijing; being taught the19th Century Russian Academic methods in drawing.
Kai traveled back to the US to finish high school and it was there through being exposed to galleries and museums that he started gaining inspirations from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Cecilia Beaux, and the contemporary living master Richard Schmid. Kai then began to seek tutelage from renown painter Vincent Desiderio and Steven Assael at the New York Academy of Arts. He has also studied with Daniel Keys and Timothy Rees at the Scottsdale Artist School as well as ventured to the Village Arts of Putney's Studio Barn; home to Richard Schmid's renown Putney Painters to study with 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 Figurative Art Convention and Expo Scholarship, Robert Gamblin Paint Prize, National Congressional Art Competition, and the Art of the Portrait Grant from the Portrait Society of America. He has recently been featured in Southwest Art Magazine's "21 under 31" Article, where he was one of 21 artists under the age of 31 being celebrated as rising art stars from across the West and around the country. His work has also been included and published by the likes of Poets Artist Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
Kai founded the CalColor Atelier in 2019, a studio program that is meant to implement the teaching of Classical Realism in terms of drawing and painting. Kai has exhibited in the 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.
In 2020, Kai partnered with Sentient Academy teaching his drawing and painting techniques to a wider online audience.
Kai is currently residing in San Jose, California, painting and teaching full time.