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Wucius Wong

1936 Guangdong Province, Hong Kong
1925: Hong Kong
1950s-1965: USA
1965: Hong Kong
1979: USA
1996-current: Hong Kong
1965: BFA, MFA, Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, USA
Significant Works:
Boundless Thoughts, 1979. Ink and colors on paper, 138 x 96 cm
Mountain Dream #8, 1985. Ink and colors on paper, 82 x 54 cm.
River of the Heart #3, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76 cm.
Artist Bibliography:
Jacobsen, Robert D. Mountain Thoughts: landscape paintings by Wucius Wong. Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1987.
At the East-West Crossroads – The Art of Wucius Wong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2006.
Wucius Wong, born in Hong Kong during British rule, was not educated in traditional Chinese art during his early years. Introduced first to Western techniques and styles, he went to the United States in the nineteen sixties to study art and design, where modernism heavily influenced his own personal style. When he returned to Hong Kong, Wong merged his learned skills with traditional ink and paper techniques, thus becoming one of the earliest modern painters in Hong Kong. Though his consistently favored medium of ink and colors on paper may be traditional, Wong also pioneered the field of computerized graphic design, and has published numerous books that feature the utilization of geometry, points, and lines. This interest juxtaposes his ink paintings, which often feature dream-like landscapes and flowing, organic contours. Both reflect his efforts to define his place in a now Chinese-Hong Kong combining his the Western training of his youth with the traditions of his national culture.
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