Born in Hungary, Arthur Pan studied at the Budapest Academy of Art and in Paris at the Academie Julien.
He lived in England for many years and flourished as a painter in oil from 1920 to 1960. He may have been a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He completed two portraits of Sir Winston Churchill: one was painted during the Second World War and hangs in the American Embassy, and the other is a small, less highly finished study of the head and shoulders only, which was auctioned at Christies on 12th June 1981.
He also painted a portrait of Field Marshall Smutts, the great South African military leader who fought in the First World War.