Wang Guangyi  (Chinese, 1957) 

Painter Wang Guangyi (Chinese, b.1957) creates works in the Chinese style of Political Pop, fusing propaganda from the Cultural Revolution with American Pop Art aesthetics. Born in Harbin, China, Wang graduated from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1984, and grew up in an environment saturated with the propagandistic imagery of the Maoist regime in China. Wang’s work draws upon rebellious and revolutionary motifs from Cultural Revolution-era posters, brochures, and other materials.

He frequently combines them with consumer imagery, such as the Coca-Cola logo, representative of the sudden influx of commercial and luxury into China in the 1990s, and of the influence of Pop Art on his work. Wang’s paintings are often ambiguous, and the intent of his work has been debated by critics. He has exhibited his paintings around the world, at the São Paolo Biennial in Brazil, the He Xiangning Art Museum and the Shanghai Art Museum in China, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and at the Asia Society in New York. Wang currently lives and works in Beijing.

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Wang Guangyi, Face of the Believer


Wang Guangyi
Face of the Believer

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Wang Guangyi, Materialist


Wang Guangyi

Oxenberg Fine Art
Wang Guangyi, Visa-Terrier


Wang Guangyi

Galerie LOFT
Wang Guangyi, Great Criticism (Pepsi)


Wang Guangyi
Great Criticism (Pepsi)

Jacques Dupres Collection in collaboration with Olyvia Fine Art
Wang Guangyi, The Belief I


Wang Guangyi
The Belief I

Jacques Dupres Collection in collaboration with Olyvia Fine Art
Wang Guangyi, Gilelette


Wang Guangyi

Soul of Asia
Wang Guangyi, Untitled


Wang Guangyi

Soul of Asia
Wang Guangyi, Eternal Halo


Wang Guangyi
Eternal Halo

Opera Gallery
Wang Guangyi, Untitled, Face of Faith Series


Wang Guangyi
Untitled, Face of Faith Series
ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
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Wang Guangyi, 唯物主义者 (Materialist)


Wang Guangyi
唯物主义者 (Materialist), 2001
fiberglass reinforced plastic


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Wang Guangyi, Great criticism series: Chanel


Wang Guangyi
Great criticism series: Chanel, 2003
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Wang Guangyi, Great criticism series: Haier


Wang Guangyi
Great criticism series: Haier, 2003
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1958   Born: in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
1984   Graduated from the Oil Painting Department, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (NZAFA), China
  Lives and works in Beijing, China
2013   Et la Chine s'est éveillée... - Chapelle De La Visitation - Espace D'Art Contemporain, Thonon-Les-Bains, France
2012   Re-History, Chinese Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
Thing-in-itself: Utopia, Pop and Personal Theology – Wang Guangyi Retrospective Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Seventh Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World, OCAT, Shenzhen, China
2011   Collecting History, China New Art, Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China
Museum on paper, Iberia Center for contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Wang Guangyi. The Interactive Mirror Image, Tank Loft. Chongqing Contemporary Art Center, Chongqing, China (solo)
2010   Made in Popland, National Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea
The Constructed Dimension, 2010 Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, National Art Musume of China, Beijing, China
Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000-2009, Special Documenta, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China
Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Fairy Tales Selections from the MaGMA's Collection, Opera Gallery, Singapore
Photo Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Art for The World (The Expo), World Expo by JGM Gallery, Shanghai, China
Clouds: Power of Asian Contemporary Art, Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
2009   Beijing - Havana, China contemporary art exhibition, Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
Collision, Experimental Cases of Contemporary Chinese Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
In the 1980s-Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant-garde Art Exhibition, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
First Annual Conference of Collectors of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hejingyuan Art Museum, Beijing, China
Retrospect and Exploration, Collection Exhibition from Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Hubei Province Art Museum, Wuhan, China
Yi Pai: Century Thinking, A Contemporary Art Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Another Scene - Artists' Projects, Concepts and Ideas, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass, USA
The 20th Anniversary of The Fall of The Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany
A Collateral Event of 53rd International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, A Gift to Marco Polo, Venice, Italy
ChinaMania, Colorful, Diverse and Distinctly Narrative, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Strategy On Paper, Works On Paper Invitational, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China
State Legacy, A Visual History Project On The State Concept, The Holden Gallery,Manchester, UK; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Wang Guangyi, The Louise Blouin Institute, London, UK (solo)
2008   Five Years of Duolun: Chinese Contemporary Art Retrospective Exhibition, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Lovely Blossoms and Full moon, YUZ Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art, YUZ Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Love of Art: Collection of Contemporary Art in China, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Revolution Continues, New Art From China, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Avant-Garde China: Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
Our Future, The Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection, Ullens Foundation, Beijing, China
Case Studies of Artists in Art History and Art Criticism, SZ Art Center, Beijing, China
Writing on the Wall, Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the Eighties and nineties, The Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
People. History, Exhibition of Studies of Chinese Art of The 20th Century, Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Red, Smooth and Luminescent Contemporary Expression, Xindong Cheng Gallery,Beijing, China
Encounter, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China
Today's China, Belvue Museum, Brussels, Belgium
UNPACK, Museum of China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China
Academic and Un-Academic II, Exhibition of Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
Visual Politics, Solo Exhibition of Wang Guangyi, He Xiangning Art Museum, Guangdong (solo)
Cold War Aesthetics , Wang Guangyi, Institute of Louise Blouin Foundation, London, UK (solo)
2007   Absolute Images II, Inaugural Exhibition Of Arario Gallery New York, New York, USA
85 New Wave, The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China
Wuhan 2nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
Strategy on Paper, Works on Paper Invitational Exhibition, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China
Sport in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; Art of Guangzhou Art Academy Guangzhou; RCM the Museum of Modern Art, Nanjing; Gallery of Luxun Art Academy, Shengyang; Sichuan Fine Arts Museum, Sichuan; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
1997- 2007 Awakening From a Ten Year Sleep, HJY Art Center, Beijing, China
The Supplemental History, Contemporary Art Works FromCollection of Guangdong Museum,Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Post-Martial Law VS Post-89, The Contemporary Art In Taiwai and China, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan; Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China
We Are You Future, Special Project in Moscow Biennale 2007, The Old Winery, Moscow, Russia
Wang Guangyi, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
RED HOT - Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
ShContemporary 2007, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
2006   Art in Motion, MoCA, Shanghai, China
The Blossoming of Realism, The Oil Painting of Mainland China Since 1978, Taipei Fine Art Museum, China
Create History, Commemoration Exhibition of Chinese Modern Art in 1980s, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shengzhen, China
From 'The Frigid Zone' to 'The Old Industrial Area', Northeast Contemporary Art Exhibition of China 1985-2006, Guangdong Museum of Art, China
Absolute Images I, Arario Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Plato and His Seven Spirits, Century OCT, Shenzhen, Guangdong; Century OCT, Beijing, China
Jianghu, Jack Tilton Art Galleries, New York, USA
Wang Guang Yi Solo Exhibition, Gallery Arario, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
2005   Mahjong, Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Beautiful Cynicism, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
8th International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation, Venice, Lido, Italy
Body Temperature, invoking the Legacy of Hans Christian Anderson Through Chinese Contemporary Art, Nor djyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
Invitation Exhibition-Opening Ceremony of OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Art and People, Urs Meile Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland
Plato and His Seven Spirits, Century OCT, Shenzhen, China
2004   New Boundaries, Taikang Top Space, Beijing, China
Art on The Beach, Sculptures, Gallery Enrico Navarra, Paris, France; Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong; ADAGP, Paris, France (solo)
Chine, le corps partout? (China, the body everywhere?), Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France
Wang Guangyi, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland (solo)
2003   Beyond Boundaries, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
CP Open Biennale 2003, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
An Opening Era, Celebration of 40th Anniversary of Founding of China National Museum, China National Museum of Fine Art, China
From China with Art, The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Indonesian National Gallery; Edwin's Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Subversion and Poetry, Contemporary Chinese Art, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
Alors la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Wang Guangyi, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France (solo)
Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China (solo), The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong, China
2002   Chinese Modernity, Fondacion Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) Sao Paulo, Brazil
Paris-Pekin, Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
Conceptual Images, 2002 Chinese Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition, Shenzhen Art Museum, Guangdong, China
A Point in Time, Meilun Art Museun, Changsha, Hunan, China
Take Part II, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
Media and Arts, World Trade Center Exhibition Hall, Beijing, China
Golden Harvest, Chinese Contemporary Art, Zagreb Museum of Art, Croatia
The First Guangzhou Trienniale - Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art (1990 - 2000), Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
The Power of Image, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, 50 x 50, FIAC 2002 and Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, UK
2001   Transplantation in Situ, He Xiangning Art Museum ,Shenzheng, China
5 Chinese Avant- Garde Artists, Artside Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Next Generation, Art Contemporain d' Asie, Passage de Retz Galerie, Paris, France
Towards a New Image, Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Painting, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou; Sichuan Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
As Long as They Catch Mice..., Munkeruphus Gallery, Mumkerphus, Denmark
Polypolis - Art from Asian Pacific Megacities, Hamburger Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany
Wang Guangyi Solo Exhibition, Face of Faith, Soobin Art Int'L, Singapore (solo)
2000   20th Century Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, National Art Gallery in Beijing, China
Society, The 2nd Academic Exhibition Upriver Gallery, Upriver Gallery, Chengdu, China
Door of The New Cnetury, Chengdu Art Gallery, Chengdu, China
In and Out , He Xiangning Art Museum, ShengZhen; Australia Embassy, Beijing, China
Futuro, Chinese Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Macau, China
1999   Fortune Global Forum, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jinmao Podium Bldg., Shanghai, China
Open Channels, The First Collection Exhibition of Dongyu Museum of Fine Arts, Dongyu Museum of Fine Arts, Shengyang, China
Inside Out, New Chinese Art, Museo de Art Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Mexico; Tacoma Art Museum, Stettle; The Henry Art Gallery, Washing D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA
First Invitational Exhibition of Shanghe Art Gallery, Shanghe (Upriver) Art Gallery, Chengdu, China
1998   Inside Out , New Chinese Art , Asia Society Galleries, New York, USA
In and Out , The Plimsol Gallery, Canberra School of Art, Australia
China! Touring Exhibition, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
1997   In and Out , Dr Earl Lu Gallery, Lasalle-Sia College of The Arts, Singapore; RMIT Gallery, Sydney College of The Art Gallery, Australia
Red & Grey-8 Chinese Artists, Soobin, Singapore
Magie der Zahl-In der Kunst des 20 Jahrhunderts, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Faces and Bodies of the Middle Kingdom, Chinese Art of the 1990, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic; OTSO Gallery, Espoo, Finland
Quotation Marks, Chinese Contemporary Paintings, National Art Museum, Singapore
Wang Guangyi Solo Exhibition, Gallery Klaus Littmann, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
8+8-1, 15 Contemporary Artists, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1996   The Second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland, Australia
Begegnungen Mit China, Ludwig Forum Fur Internationale, Kunst, Germany
China!, Touring Exhibition, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Existence and Environment the Chinese Way: The first Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contenporary Art, The Art Museum of Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
1995   Art to Swatch, The Museum of Architecture and Design, The Chicago Athenaeum, Chicago, USA
Kampnagel, Halle-K3, Hamburg, Germany
New Asian Art Show: China, Korea, Japan Touring Exhibition, Tokyo & Fukuoka, Japan
Beyond Ideology, New Art from China, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Hamburg, Germany
Des Pais del Centre, Avantguardes Artistiques Xineses, Santa Monica Art Centre, Barcelona, Spain
1994   Seoul 600 International Art Festival, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
22nd International Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil
22nd International Biennial of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Wang Guangyi, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China (solo)
1993   45th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale - Cardinal Points of the Arts, Venice, Italy
China's New Art, Post-1989, New Art from China, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
China's New Art, Post-1989, Political Pop, China's New Art, Hanart Taipei Gallery, Taipei
China's New Art, Marlborough Gallery, London, UK
Mao Goes Pop, China Post '89, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Victoria National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
China Avant-garde, Touring Exhibition, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunsthall, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Brandts Klaederfabrik, Odense, Denmark; Hildesheim Art Gallery, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
China's New Art, Post-1989, Hong Kong Arts Centre and City Hall, Hong Kong
Wang Guangyi Solo Exhibition, Bellet Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
1992   The First 1990's Biennial Art Fair, Guangzhou, China
China, Avant-Garde at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
1991   Cocart, Gallery Bianca Pilat, Milan, Italy
1990   I don't Want to Play Cards with Cezanne, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA
Modern Chinese Art, Tokyo Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1989   China Avant-garde, National Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Special Exhibition, Chinese Contemporary Art , Tokyo Gallery, Japan
1988   Chinese Contemporary, The Museum of Fine Arts, GIFU, Japan
Shanghai Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
1984   The 6th Art Exhibition of People's Republic of China, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China
  Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
UCCA - Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
M+Collection, Hong Kong
Yuz Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia
He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Beijing
2007    China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007.