Xian Fang

Artist, Independent Scholar, and Certified Appraiser of AAA


New York, U.S.




M.A. Economic Policy, Boston University.


B.A. Economics, Management, Psychology, University of Auckland



Artist, Independent Researcher



Xian served as Specialist, Head of Sales and Vice President in Sotheby's New York Classical Chinese Paintings Department, where he masterfully orchestrated a series of remarkable achievements, leading numerous record-breaking sales and auctions, including the sale of Su Shi (1037-1101)’s “Gong Fu Tie” calligraphy in September 2013, "The Roy and Marylin Papp Collection of Chinese Paintings" in September 2016, “The Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy" in March 2018, and “The Tang Hung and Fung Bi-Che Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy" in September 2018. Furthermore, he facilitated donations of multiple prestigious private collections to esteemed American museums and provided authentication and valuation of Chinese paintings and calligraphy services to non-profit institutions, including Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard University Art Museum, and Freer Gallery of Art. Under his leadership, Sotheby's New York Classical Chinese Paintings Department has consistently maintained a preeminent standing in the field.


In tandem with Xian's professional pursuits in connoisseurship, he has also devoted himself to the practice of Chinese painting and calligraphy. During his early years, he received guidance from Chan Wan Yiu, a distinguished ink artist and pupil of Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien) and Wang Jiqian (C.C. Wang). Following his relocation to the United States, Xian further deepened his practice and theoretical study of classical Chinese literati painting under the tutelage of Arnold Chang, a celebrated ink artist and scholar. This enduring synergy between Xian's connoisseurship endeavors and creative explorations has endowed him with a unique scholarly perspective and artistic innovation in the realm of Chinese art.