TEXTE & BIOGRAPHIE

 

 

 

 

About the Artist

Wu Shaoxiang was born in Jiangxi Province, China, in 1957. Following the Cultural Revolution, he studied sculpture at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute and later completed a postgraduate degree at the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing. A prominent figure in China’s New-Wave art movement, Wu also lectured at the Central Academy and was named one of China’s ten most influential avant-garde artists. In 1989, Wu and his family emigrated to Austria, where he established a studio with his wife, the sculptor Jiang Shuo. Having exhibited extensively in Asia, Europe and America, Wu’s works are widely collected by important museums and prestigious institutions worldwide.

In his latest works, Wu Shaoxiang unveiled a selection of new works exploring the theme of wealth and modern consumer culture. Not content with replicating the internationally acclaimed ‘Coining’ series, Wu continues to explore new forms of innovative sculptural representation. His new series, Walking Wealth, consists of life-sized human figures made out of bronze-cast US dollar notes. With their distinctive body language, these anonymous figures pose as witty commentaries on mankind’s endless pursuit of monetary gain. Here Wu once again showcases his ability to incorporate form and concept in new and striking ways – a brilliance that has distinguished him as one of the leading Chinese sculptors of his generation.

Achievements

1988

Placed first sculpture in Europe (the first modern Chinese sculpture to be placed in a public space in Europe).

1989

June Moved to Austria, set up a studio, and began to take commissions from both public and private clients.

1990

Exhibited his works in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.

1992

Produced his first sculpture “Apple” made entirely of coins, which is the first and biggest coin sculpture in the world. (Recorded at the Guinness Book Records 1995)

1993

Acquired Austrian citizenship, published a book of his sculpture made since arriving in Europe.

1994-1996

Returned to Asia where he held several exhibitions in the leading galleries of the region, and gained commissions for new works in both Asia and Europe. Gave lectures in Hong Kong Museum of Art.

1997-2000

After the cancer treatment he began to plan and build his new studio with Jiang Shuo in South Austria, and to write the novel “The Shadow of the Sun”.

2002-2003

His writings and works published in Chinas Art magazines again, and his works have been used for Chinas high school class books. Published “The Shadow of the Sun” in German language in Vienna by Seifert Publish House.

Education

1957

Born in Jiangxi Province, China.

1969­- 1978

Was deprived of schooling and sent to work as farmer, brick-layer and rafter.

 

 

 

1978-1982

Studied sculpture at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute China.

1982-1984

Worked at the China National Design Association, Beijing, China.

1984

Pursued postgraduate studies under Professor Zheng Ke, The Central Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing, China.

1986

Awarded the first Beijing Art and Design Scholarship.

1987

Elected by Fine Art of China, at the time most important magazine of modern art in China, as one of the ten most influential Chinese Avant-garde Artists.

Acquired the master of arts, lectured at the Central Academy of Arts & Design, Beijing, China.

Exhibition

Solo and Duo Exhibitions

1985

• Two and Three Dimension, joined by Chen Xiaoyu, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.

1987

• Sculptures, Central Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing, China.

1988

• Dream, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China.

1990

• Sculptures and Paintings, City Hall Gallery, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1991

• Sculptures and Paintings, Gallery Akzent K, Stuttgart, Germany.

• Sculptures, Gallery d’ Art Teroema, Florence, Italy.

• Apple, Messe Palast, Vienna, Austria.

• Sculptures and Paintings, Gallery Burg Montendorf, Salzburg, Austria.

• Sculptures and Paintings, Raiffeisen Gallery, Klagenfurt, Austria.

• Joint exhibition with Jiang Shuo, Culture House, Knittelfeld, Austria.

1992

• Sculptures and Paintings, Gallery Nemenz, Judenberg, Austria.

1993

• Sculptures and Paintings, Gallery Zentrum, Graz, Austria.

• Sculptures and Paintings, Europe House, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1994

• Recent Sculptures, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong.

1995

• The Art of Coining, Hanart Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.

1996

• Sculptor, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong.

• Wu Shaoxiang-New Works, Gallery Kolly, Graz, Austria.

1997

• Wu Shaoxiang and Jiang Shuo, Gallery Zentrum, Graz, Austria.

• Wu Shaoxiang and Jiang Shuo, Shellanda Company, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1998

• Wu Shaoxiang, Gallery Daghofer, Leoben, Austria.

• Blander and Wu Shaoxiang, Funda Gallery, St.Veit/GL, Austria.

1999

• Wu Shaoxiang, Gallery Dida, Graz, Austria.

• Red Memory, Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong.

 

• Sculptures and Paintings, Salzburg Art Fair, Salzburg, Austria.

2000

• Sculptures and Paintings, Gallery Synarte, Klagenfurt, Austria.

2001

• Coining, AAI Gallery, Vienna, Austria.

• Wu Shaoxiang and Jiang Shuo, Schloss Wolfsberg, Wolfsberg, Austria.

• Coining MoMA, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA.

2003

• Sculptures and Paintings, Schloss Gabelhofen, Fohnsdorf, Austria.

2006

• Chase, Linda Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.

• Chase, Linda Gallery, Singapore.

2007

• Jiang Shuo and Wu Shaoxiang exhibition at Songzhuang Museum, Beijing, China

Group Exhibitions

1981

• Jiang Xi Province Art Exhibition, Jiang Xi Revolution Museum, Nanchang, China.

• National Art Academy´s Drawing Exhibition, China Art Academy, Hangzhou, China.

1982

• New Works from Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Jingdezhen

• Ceramics Museum, Jingdezhen, China.

1986

• National Sculpture Exhibition, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China.

1987

• Works by Young Beijing Artist, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China.

• Contemporary Chinese Fine Art, Toronto Exhibition Hall, Toronto, Canada.

• Excellent Chinese Urban Sculptures, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China.

• Tradition and Modern - New Sculptures, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China.

1988

• 30 Years The Central Academy of Arts & Design, Central Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing, China.

1989

• Avant-garde China, China National Art Gallery, Beijing, China.

• New Expressionism in China, China National History Museum, Beijing, China.

1990

• Joint exhibition with Svetnik, Velden Art Centre, Velden, Austria.

• Packaged Art, Bündner Art Museum, Chur, Switzerland.

• International Art Exhibition, Stadgarden Gallery, Norden, Germany.

1993

• The Spirit of Times, Gallery Hinteregger, St. Polten, Austria.

1994

• New Trends Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.

• Tresors Singapore, World Trade Centre, Singapore.

• Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, presented by Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong.

1995

• Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.

• Budapest Art Expo, Budapest, Hungary.

1996

• Table for Two, LKF Gallery, Hong Kong.

 

 

• The Collector's View, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong.

1997

• The International Asian Art Fair, The Armoury, New York, USA.

• Contemporary Austrian Painter, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong.

1998

• The International Contemporary Art Fair, Palace Degli Affari, Florence, Italy.

• Contemporary Austrian Painter, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong.

1999

• The International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA.

2000

• Chinese Figure, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong.

• The International Asian Art Fair, The Armoury, New York, USA.

• The 20th Century Art, The Armoury, New York, USA.

• Goedhuis Contemporary, London, United Kingdom.

2001

• The International Asian Art Fair, The Armoury, New York, USA.

• The International Pavilion of Palm Beach, Art Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

• Salon de Mars, Geneva, Switzerland.

2002

• The International Asian Art Fair, Lincoln Art Centre, New York, USA.

• Configurations, Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, Hong Kong.

• International Biennial of Contemporary Art Austria, Hüttenberg, Austria.

2003

• The International Asian Art Fair, The Armoury, New York, USA.

• Sculptures, Elizabeth Weiner Fine Art Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA.

2006

• ArtSingapore 2006, Singapore

2007

• Shanghai Art Fair 2007, Shanghai, China

• ARTSingapore 2007, The Contemporary Asian Art Fair, Singapore

• Art Beijing 2007, Beijing, China

• China International Gallery Exposition 2007, Beijing, China

Selected Commissions & Collections

1986

• Spring, Bin River Park, Beijing City Government, Beijing, China.

1987

• The Four Feelings, China Association of letters and Arts, Beijing, China.

• The See of Knowledge, Central University of Finance, Beijing, China.

• Masks, Beijing International Hotel, Beijing, China.

• Bath, The Central Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing, China.

1988

• Victory, The Revolution Monument, Shijiazhuang City, Shijiazhuang, China.

• City Symbol Sculpture, Luzhu City, China.

• Meditation, Europe Sculpture Park, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1989

• Family (fountain), local government, St Veit/Glan, Austria.

1990

• Gentle Breath, Austrian National Bank, Vienna, Austria.

• Dancing Spirit, Stroh Centre, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1991

• Sitting Girl, Treibach Sport Centre, Treibach, Austria.

• Heavenly Dog, Hardy Collection Museum, Pörtschach, Austria.

• Turning Figure, Karnten State Culture Council, Klagenfurt, Austria.