Wang Lan was born in Beijing and graduated with Bachelor of Art from The Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China in 1982 and Master of Art in 1989. She taught at The Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts from 1989 to 1991 before she migrated to Australia. She was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Chinese Sixth National Art Exhibition Prize in 1984 and the Silver Medal in the Chinese Seventh National Art Exhibition Prize in 1989. She had exhibited in the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, National Museum in Canberra, Petronas Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, and she had solo exhibitions in The Coventry Gallery in Sydney in 1993 and 1997.
Wang Lan had major commissions in 1997 for the mural, Our World, for Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick and in 2008 for the mural, Merdeka, in collaboration with renowned Chinese Australian artists Shen Jiawei and Wang Xu. Her work is in the collection of The National Art Museum of China, The Liaoning Museum, Shenyang, Heilongjiang Art Gallery, Harbin, The Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang and Sydney Children Hospital, NSW, Australia as well as in private collection in China, USA, Australia, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.