Wu Shaoxiang 吴少湘 (b. 1957)

Wu Shaoxiang

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.

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 EXHIBITION

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.

1992    Apple, National Bank, Vienna, Austria.

Hand (Fountain), Köck Villa, Velden, Austria.

Telephon, Gallery Akzent K, Stuttgart, Germany.

1993    Inner Movement, DAF Aichwalder, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Flutist, House Hinteregger, St, Pölten, Austria.

Turning Figure, City Government, St.Veit/Glan, Austria

Window, Raiffeisen Lands Bank, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1994     The Seed of Jade, RBB Bank, Klagenfurt, Austria.

The Great Venus of 20th Century, Wing on Art Collection St. Paul, De Veuce, France.

Head, Klagenfurt City Gallery, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1995    The Great Venus of 20th Century, New World Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The Moon, Renaissance Hotel, Hong Kong.

Winged Source (fountain), Ford Sintsching, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Banana, Hanart Gallery, Hong Kong.

Gentle Breath, New World Hotel, Shenzhen, China.

1996    Family (fountain), Starmann Company, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Enjoyable (fountain), County Attendant Centre, County Government, Moosburg, Austria.

Torso, Schwarzneger Art collection, Los Angeles, USA.

1997    The Moon, LKH 2000 Sculpture Park, Karnten State Government, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Gentle Breath, Björn Borg Collection, Stockholm, Sweden.

Coin, Control Bank, Vienna, Austria.

Venus, RBB Bank, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Sepe, State Icehockey Hall, Klagenfurt, Austria.

1998    Goddess, Leoben City Government, Leoben, Austria.

Venus, RBB Bank, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Cloud, Villa Borovnik, Ferlach, Austria.

Goddess, Beijing Silver Tower, Beijing, China.

1999    Mao, Venus From British Museum, Crow Art Museum, Dallas, USA.

Head From Gugenheim, Karnten State Government, Austria.

Man On Peach, Hypo Landesbank, Klagenfurt, Austria.

2000     Fountain, Villa Ried, St.Veit, Austria.

2001    Deng Xiaoping Souvenir Badge, Wadsworth Collection, New York, USA.

Patrick, Schloss Pakein, Grafenstein, Austria.

Circulate, Volksbank Karnten Sud, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Pomegrante, Barmherzigen Bruder Hospital, St. Veit, Austria.

2002    Harmonious (fountain), Ebental District Government, Ebental, Austria.

Harmonious (fountain), Wolkensberg Foundation, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Torso From Louvre, RBB Bank Spittal, Spittal an der Drau, Austria.

Clouds VI, Celebrity Cruises, Miami, USA.

2003    Head From British Museum, Bowl, Torso, Cyber Club, Hong Kong.

Family III (fountain), Singulus, Umag, Croatia.

Coining MoMA- Brancusi, Tree, H.M.Z. Foundation, Fohnsdo