b. 1956, Qiqihar, China
Victor Wang’s experience of settling into America in search of better opportunities has been both challenging and inspiring. He uses the human face as a vehicle to paint human experiences - worry and wonder, sadness and pleasure - which reflect the emotional stage directly tied to his immigration experiences. The artist’s incorporation of collages of figures from China’s Tang Dynasty represents his Chinese heritage and is a constant reminder of where he came from. The texture and earthiness on the canvas’s surface are inspired by the texture of the soil on the farm where he worked in China. Although Wang often gets great pleasure from the process of painting, it is most important to him to unfold expressively those feelings within himself.