Lau was born in Hong Kong in 1941. His father, a painter and calligrapher,
taught him the art of Chinese calligraphy. He entered the Hong Kong
Institute of Fine Arts to study western art in 1958.
In 1965, he went to France to enrol in the École Nationale
Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris and worked in the studio
of the painter Brianchon. During his years in France from 1965 to
1969, he traveled widely visiting several European countries. His
first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie A.C.T.U.A. in Paris
Upon his return to Hong Kong at the end of 1969, he presented the
same paintings at the City Hall Exhibition Hall. Shortly after, he
immigrated to Canada. In Montreal, he joined the graphic studio directed
by Richard Lacroix in 1970. He received an invitation from the Canada-Scandinavia
Foundation to visit Sweden as an artist in residence in 1974. He is
a founding member of the Atelier Circulaire of Montreal. In 1982,
he organized a cultural exchange tour of China for 18 Quebec artists.
From 1975 to 1996, he received several grants from the Canada Council
and the ministère de la culture du Québec for research
projects and exhibitions both in and outside of Canada.
Since 1980, Lau Tin-Yum has pursued a career as a professional artist
as well as teaching art for the École des Arts visuels et médiatiques
at the Université du Québec à Montréal
where he completed his MA in 1999. He has had numerous exhibitions
of his paintings, graphics, photos, calligraphy and installations
both in Canada and abroad. He is director of la galerie ESPACE in
Montreal, a centre for the exhibition and diffusion of works by established
and rising artists.