Hope
oil and collage on canvas : 63 x 48 inches ( 160 x 122 cm )
SOLD
Victor Wang
Chinese-American,

Artist Statement

The path through life has been adventurous, exciting, and dream-like. Coming from China and looking for a better opportunity has been a fully challenging and great experience. For me, what I imagined of America and what actually was truly created a great gap, thus forming a battle between physical settlement and mental anxiety. In my recent works, I have tried to ambivalently display this kind of emotional drama with the mixture of exhilarating, confusing, and exasperating tensions.

I grew up with sunflower fields surrounding my house in northern China. In my childhood years, I recalled playing under the bright, yellow sunflowers with my brothers everyday. Sunflowers, always following the sun's movements, were used during the Cultural Revolution as a political allegory to the way people should act towards Mao, who represented the sun. Gradually, the people of China realized that this symbol of the follower was really masking a deception. Therefore, to transcend my complex feelings, I use sunflowers as a metaphor to connote my background and emotional stage. 

My desire is to visualize the human sensitivity of the lost and found emotions upon my life experiences. Although I often gain great pleasure from the process of painting, it is most important to unfold expressively those sentiments within myself.

Selected Awards

2007 Scholar/ Artist Award, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO
2006 Finalist, The Artist's Magazine 23rd Annual Art Competition
2001 An Award of Excellence, Art St. Louis XVII, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
1999 Award of Excellence Prize, Forte Cup 20th Century Asian Pacific Art Competition, Asian Pacific Art Institute of America, Ellicott City, MD
1998 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching 1998, Office of the Governor, Jefferson, MO
1991 First Prize, Portrait Competition 1991, St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, MO

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2011 Evan Lurie Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2009 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2008 Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY
  Art Gallery of Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO
2007 Atrium Galllery, St. Louis, MO
2006 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2005 Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2002 Macke Gallery, Houston, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Art Toronto, Toronto, ON
2012 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
  Boston International Art Fair, Boston, MA
  Art Toronto, Toronto, ON
  San Francisco Fine Art Fair, CA
2011 Red Dot Art Fair Miami 2011, FL
  Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Silver 25th, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  Scope Miami 2011, Miami, FL
  Art Toronto, Toronto, ON
2010 Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL
  Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Art Toronto, Toronto ON
2009 Palmbeach3, Palm Beach, FL
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto,ON
2007 Art Miami 2007, Miami, FL
  Los Angeles Art Show, CA
  Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2006 Art Chicago, IL
  Art Miami, FL
2005 Arnot Art Muesum, Elmira, NY
  Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  Chicago Contemporary & Classic, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  Art Miami, Miami, FL
2004 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  Art Miami, Miami, FL
2003 Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Home Grown, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  Honor Awards 2002, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2001 50th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Evansville, IN
2000 The Gallery on Washington St, St. Louis, MO
  St. Louis Area Artists' Invitational Show, Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Granite City, IL

Education

1988-90 MFA, Deptartment of Fine Arts, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO
1987-90 Visiting Scholar, School of Fine Arts, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO
1987-88 Visiting Scholar, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1979-83 BFA, Department of Oil Painting, Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, Liaoning, China