Kalin Luy Ken, was born in Nasca - Peru, South
America on May 3, 1964 of native Peruvian and Chinese parents, he began
painting on canvas for theater scenarios and festivals in Perú at the
age of 17. Originally he wanted to become a lawyer and attended the University
San Luis Gonzaga de Ica but he decided that he needed to travel more, see
different places, meet new people and experience more cultures. During this
time he spent time mining and farming and met many people that make up the
diverse cultures that are part of Peru. Luy Ken is a self taught artist. His
art shows his feelings and experiences from the time he spent traveling in
Peru. He says "I did not learn my art at any school other than life itself.
That is why I don't have rules or limits". Exploring his talents and
discovering his own techniques has taken him many years but, it was never an
obstacle to keep him from doing what he does and likes best , Sculptures.
In 1997 Kalin started with an exhibition at the "Sitio de Pampas
Galeras Museum" at a "Lama National Preserve". His art work "Señor de
Nasca" made in wood along with other pieces were published in the "El Comercio"
In 1998 Kalin started the construction of an Ethnic Art
Gallery in Nasca, Perú and has now become a tourist establishment named
"Etnias". The entire facility is composed and built around sculptures hand made
by the artist with walls and columns decorated with sculptures representing
Peruvian cultures and archeological history.
In 1999, Luy Ken was
involved with an ecological movement to preserve native huarango tree forest in
Peru. This inspired the creation of his sculpture "The Huarango Scream" which
stands for the protest against the destruction of the tree in the area and was
published in the "El Peruano" the nation's newspaper.
In 2000 Kalin had
his first individual exhibition in Nasca with 15 pieces of art and with his
friend Josué Lancho and tourist guides Susy, Jose and Manuel created a
plan that they proposed to the town mayor that was creating a set of sculptures
honoring the Nasca Lines and Maria Reiche, a German archeologist who spent many
years working to protect that heritage of Peruvian native culture.
2001 the sculptures were exhibited in the "Alameda Maria Reiche" in Nasca and
published in the "El Comercio" a Peruvian newspaper and Luy Ken was awarded the
City Medal and a Diploma of Merit for his work in cultural development and
events within the Nasca community.
In 2002, Kalin was reunited with his
childhood girlfriend, Rosario when she traveled to Perú to honor the
passing of her grandmother, Mamá Silvia, who was also Kalin's godmother.
After being apart for 20 years, Rosario and Kalin were married in 2004 and
currently live in Niles, Illinois with Rosario's two children Sharon and Bryan.
Sharon attends Maine South High School and Bryan attends Emerson Middle School.
In 2004, Kalin received the "Gold Hummingbird" award by the local press
in Nasca for "Best Artist" and the award for "Educational Promoter".
July 2006, He had an exhibition of his art at the Daley Plaza Civic Center in
Luy Ken is a co-founder of the "CNE Peruano Chino", a Chinese
school in Perú, member of the Peruvian Chinese Association, and the Red
Cross in Perú. He also belongs to The Peruvian Arts Society in Chicago
and the American Society of Artists in Illinois.
Kalin says about
living in the US: "What is great about living in the U.S.A. is the
multicultural variety and the tendency of people to be open minded. I believe I
can show my art here and have an impact on the art world and an understanding
of my culture. Some people may just see me as an eccentric artist, but that is
how I communicate, using the universal language of Art".