Victor Wang grew up in Northern China and graduated BFA from The Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, one of three top art institutes in China. After graduation he taught there for 4 ½ years and was sent to The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a visiting scholar. He earned his MFA in Fontbonne University. He currently lives in St. Louis, where he teaches painting, drawing and graduate critique classes as a full professor at Fontbonne University. He has exhibited widely across the country and internationally and has won various awards for excellence, including awards for both painting and art instruction. His work has been shown nationally and internationally.
The human figures in my paintings serve as vehicles to convey the human experience, representing the emotional tension and psychological drama of life’s turning points. The blend of luminous color and buttery texture evoke the enigmatic environment where these moments of meditation originate. I have interwoven the sunflower – a prominent symbol throughout my life embodying both sorrow and joy – into my paintings. Incorporating the collaged images from China’s Tang Dynasty simultaneously acts as background and creates the signature of my heritage.
I am influenced by the exaggerated way Auguste Rodin uses clay to model figures. Sculpture is different from painting – with the expression and body language in the muscles, the form; you can really associate how inner emotion relates to the surface. So I have tried to treat my color paints as clay to build up the form on canvas. The thickness of the paint evokes a sculptural physicality and multi-level quality.