Guy Ngan was born in Wellington in 1926, to Chinese parents, yet calls himself ‘Pacific Chinese’. He spent time in China before returning to New Zealand and then studying art in London. He has been a significant presence in the New Zealand art scene, and was director of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from 1976 to 1986.
In 2006 a major retrospective of his work was held at the City Gallery Wellington. Guy Ngan has lived in Stokes Valley for 50 years and he created the sculpture that resides at the entrance to Stokes Valley and has recently been commissioned by the Lower Hutt City Council to design and build another large sculpture for the Stokes Valley shopping centre. His collaborations with architect Ron Sang have led to some important large scale works including the Newton Post Office mural; now in the Auckland Art Gallery collection.