Oh-My Balloon, 2008
Bronze, 15 x 7 x 14 cm
About the artwork
Wang Xing Gang retains the traditional outlook of peasants and farmers in his sculptures - donning the traditional outfit worn by Chinese men in rural China and even their hairstyle, the shot pony tail. He sculpts his characters' bodies with several dents and random engravings to bring out the essence of having worn-out clothes. This emphasizes on the simple lifestyle led by the peasants, something that the modern day Chinese have chosen to sideline in light of the development in China. These detailed illustrations help his viewers to be able to understand his messages with greater clarity.
About the artist
Born in 1971 in Liaoling, northern Provence in China, Wang received a B.S. in sculpture making in Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts (LXAFA) in 1997. He received a M.A. (Master of Creative Art) in Wollongong University in 2004. His pieces such as "North Wind" have earned him the special prize of the Fourth National Sporting Arts Exhibition and the second prize Liaoning Provincial Art Exhibition. Other winning pieces include "Clearing Up After Drizzle", "Music of Spring" and "Source of Power".
Wang's sculpture is a reflection of the fast-moving circumstances surrounding contemporary society in the People's Republic of China. Wang splits his time between creating sculpture and teaching at Beijing University. His works are a commentary on contemporary Chinese society and the loss of individuality between the demands of work and personal life.