“Lately, I have gathered the seeds I collected before. I have been doing research on these seeds. Then I will determine how to proceed with my painting”
In the past two months, we have invited our artists to record video clips that offer glimpses of their life and thoughts during quarantine. In this video, Wang Mansheng will talk about his neighborhood, his everyday life and thoughts, as well as his latest album, a tribute to one of the artist’s friends who had passed away.
Wang started practicing calligraphy and digging deep into Chinese classical literature on his own in his early years, growing up with five siblings in a coal mining town in Northern China. Following his graduation in 1985 from the Chinese Department of Fudan University in Shanghai, where he majored in classical Chinese, Wang worked for over a decade as an editor, director and producer at China Central Television in Beijing. His work took him throughout China, where he experienced museums, natural landscapes and cultural scenes. Early on in his career, Dunhuang’s caves, wall paintings, and sculpture, as well as the endless desert, far-away hills and mountains greatly influenced his ideas on use of media, brush strokes, and tools. In 1996, he immigrated to the United States where he began his career as an artist, adeptly combining his Eastern education and philosophy with Western perspectives.