Chang was born and raised in Shanghai, and currently resides in Southern California. The calligraphic strokes and styling in Chang’s work mimic and allude to the several thousand Chinese characters he memorized growing up. Having lived through the Chinese revolution, Chang witnessed a country-wide transition from what he describes as negative to positive energy. His intention for his work is to catalyze similar shifts in energy towards the positive, and to spark curiosity in the viewer.
John's mother is a classically trained pianist who encouraged him to paint as a child.