Tianjin, b.1946

Wang Gongyi

Wang Gongyi graduated in 1962 from the Affiliated High School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She joined the Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House as an editor in 1973. In 1978, she entered the Printmaking Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Fine Arts), and after receiving her degree there she remained as a teacher. In 1980, Wang was awarded the grand prize for her “Qiu Jin” series of woodcut prints at the “Second National Youth Art Exhibition”. In the early 80s, Wang was already well known in the contemporary art circle in China through her woodcut series “Qiu Jin”, this work called for social reforms and represented the passion of a new generation. It has become an important work...

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Biography

Wang Gongyi graduated in 1962 from the Affiliated High School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She joined the Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House as an editor in 1973. In 1978, she entered the Printmaking Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Fine Arts), and after receiving her degree there she remained as a teacher. In 1980, Wang was awarded the grand prize for her “Qiu Jin” series of woodcut prints at the “Second National Youth Art Exhibition”. In the early 80s, Wang was already well known in the contemporary art circle in China through her woodcut series “Qiu Jin”, this work called for social reforms and represented the passion of a new generation. It has become an important work in the historical narrative of contemporary Chinese art. In 1986, Wang was invited by the French Ministry of Culture to study art in France. After periods as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, she moved permanently to the US in 2001 and is now based in Portland. Since 2005, Wang broke free and returned to nature – she started her signature Winsor Blue landscape series and abstract ink experimentations.

Wang Gongyi’s tenacious affinity for natural elements is the central inspiration for her practice. Alluding to traditional Chinese landscape paintings and the abstract visual language that has been inherently part of modern art in the last three decades, Wang’s works are characterized by a sublime knowledge of compositional balance and sensitivity towards the nuances of tone and color, which has been attributed to her extensive academic training in China and abroad. Wang Gongyi’s visual language also speaks to the principles of Buddhism, a balanced simplicity with hidden depths that has long been an inspiration for her life and work.

She has exhibited extensively globally. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Wang Gongyi’s Prints at PNCA (Portland Art Museum, Oregon, USA, 2018); Memories of West Lake (Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, 2017); Exhibition of Wang Gongyi’s Works (Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2013); Wang Gongyi’s Art Work (Tianjian Academy of Art Museum, Tianjin, China, 2010); Wang Gongyi – Works on Paper (Laura Russo Gallery, Oregon, USA, 2009).

Her recent group exhibitions include: Records of the West Lake (China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2017); Wang Gongyi and Yan Shanchun Joint Exhibition (Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, 2016); Living Legacies: The JSMA @ 80 (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Oregon, USA, 2013); Exhibition of Wang Gongyi’s Works (Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2013); and 2012 Ink Painting: 2012 International Ink Painting Exhibition and Symposium (National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012).

Wang Gongyi’s works are in the collections of many museums and organizations, including: The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum (USA); The USC Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, USA); The National People’s Congress (Beijing, China); The National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China); China Academy of Art, (Hangzhou, China) ; Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai, China); The Liaoning Provincial Museum (Liaoning, China); Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum (Jiangsu, China) ; and the Zhejiang Art Museum (Zhejiang, China).

Artworks

18

Leaves of Grass No.11 (草葉集之十一), 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Balance and Harmony / Buddhism / Chinese Art / Chinese Landscape Painting / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Chinese Art / Gentle and Smooth Brushstrokes / Ink and Acrylic on Xuan Paper / Inspired by Nature / Inspired by Religion / Landscape Painting / Lyrical Expression / Mineral Pigments / Nature / Painting / Pastel / Silk / Traditional Chinese Ink Painting / Women Artists / Xuan Paper

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1980

    MFA, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (currently known as the China Academy of Art), Hangzhou, China

  • Faculty of Department of Printmaking at the Zheijiang Academy of Fine Arts (currently known as the China Academy of Art), Hangzhou, China

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Leaves of Grass”, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    “Winsor Blue”, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

  • “Painting Degree Zero”, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Ink Asia, Presented by Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • “The Opened Window Greets the Beauty – Artwork Exhibition Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of New China and the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of Shenzhen”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing; and Guan Shanyue Art Museum, ShenzhenChina

  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Presented by Chambers Fine Art, Hong Kong

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Education

  • 1980

    MFA, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (currently known as the China Academy of Art), Hangzhou, China

  • Faculty of Department of Printmaking at the Zheijiang Academy of Fine Arts (currently known as the China Academy of Art), Hangzhou, China

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “Leaves of Grass”, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    “Winsor Blue”, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA

  • “Painting Degree Zero”, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China

  • “Wang Gongyi’s Prints at PNCA”, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA

  • 2017

    “To See a World in a Flower”, Yuting Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China

  • “Memories of West Lake”, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    “Wang Gongyi’s Artworks”, Shangdong Contemporary Art Gallery, Nanjing, China

  • 2013

    “Wang Gongyi’s Artworks”, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

  • “Wang Gongyi’s Artworks”, Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

  • 2011

    “Wang Gongyi’s Artworks”, China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

  • 2010

    “Wang Gongyi’s Artworks”, Tianjin Academy of Art Museum, Tianjin, China

  • 2009

    Kogo Art Space, Hangzhou, China

  • “Wang Gongyi – Works on Paper” Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

  • 2007

    “Wang Gongyi’s Graphic Work, 1979-2002”, Tianjin Academy of Art Museum, Tianjin, China

  • 2006

    “Wang Gongyi’s Graphic Work, 1979-2002”, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

  • 2004

    The Municipal Government of the 1st District, Paris, France

  • 2002

    José Martinez Gallery, Lyon, France

  • 2000

    Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Ink Asia, Presented by Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • “The Opened Window Greets the Beauty – Artwork Exhibition Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of New China and the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of Shenzhen”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing; and Guan Shanyue Art Museum, ShenzhenChina

  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Presented by Chambers Fine Art, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Ink Asia, Presented by Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • Art Shenzhen, Presented by Galerie du Monde, Shenzhen, China

  • JINGART, Presented by Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, China

  • Art West Lake International Ink Wash Fair, Presented by Galerie du Monde, Hangzhou, China

  • 2017

    “Shadow and Smoke”, Joint Exhibition, Van Art Space, Hangzhou, China

  • “Records of the West Lake”, China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

  • Ink Asia, Presented by Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • 2016

    “Wang Gongyi and Yan Shanchun”, Joint Exhibition, Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong

  • “Manifesto of Chinese Landscape Paintings”, Huang Gongwang Museum, Fuyang, China

  • 2015

    “Art of Writing and Non-Writing: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy”, China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

  • 2014

    “International Prints Exhibition”, Shangdong Contemporary Art Gallery, Nanjing, China

  • 2012

    “2012 International Ink Painting Exhibition”, Chung Shan National Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2010

    “International Printmaking Invitational Exhibition”, Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

  • “International Modern Calligraphy Exhibition”, Hangzhou, China

  • 2008

    “Love Life Landscape”, Hamburg, Germany

  • 2007

    “Chinese Prints, 1950-2006”, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

  • 2005

    “International Modern Ink Painting Exhibition”, Taiwan and USA

  • “Korean-Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting”, Seoul, South Korea

  • “International Modern Calligraphy Exhibition”, Hangzhou, China

  • 2004

    The 4th International Ink Painting Biennial, Shenzhen, China

  • “Triennial of Water and Ink Media”, Nanjing, China

  • José Martinez Gallery, Lyon, France

  • 2003

    “Metaphysics 2003: Shanghai Abstract Art Exhibition”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • 2002

    The 3rd International Ink Painting Biennial, Shenzhen, China

  • 2001

    The 32nd Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • “A Retrospective of 20 Years of China Experimental Ink Painting”, Guangzhou, China

  • Art Chicago 2001, Chicago, Illinois, United States

  • 2000

    The 31st Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • Art Chicago 2000, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Grants/Awards

  • 1992

    Fellowship from the French Education Ministry Foundation, Artist-in-Residence, Aix Art Academy, URDLA and ALMA Printmaking Studio, Lyon, France

  • 1986

    Fellowship from the French Ministry of Culture, L’Ecole d’Art de Marseille Luminy, L’Ecole de Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France

  • 1980

    Awarded the First Prize in the 2nd China Youth Fine Art Competition (Woodcut Series, Qiujin)

Residencies

  • 2000

    Artist-in-Residence, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, USA

Collections

  • China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

  • Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China

  • Liaoning Provincial Museum, Shenyang, China

  • M+, Hong Kong

  • National Museum of Art of China, Beijing, China

  • National People’s Congress of China, China

  • Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, Shanghai, China

  • The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, USA

  • USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA

  • Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

Teaching

  • 1995

    Associate Professor, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (currently known as the China Academy of Art), Hangzhou, China