Wang Keping

China 1949


Wang Keping
Wang Keping
November 15, 2014
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Wang Keping is a Chinese contemporary artist and sculptor known for his unique wooden sculptures, including one that featured a Buddha-like Mao figure, that shocked the art world in Beijing in the late 70s and early 80s.

Born in 1949 in Beijing, Wang Keping was one of the founding member of the first non-conformist artist’s group in China, “The Stars” (1979-1983), together with Huang Rui, Ma Desheng, Li Shuang, Ai Weiwei, setting the stage for avant-garde art in China.

Wang’s Wang Keping continues to create these signature sculptures that juxtapose vivid emotion with a marked sense of introversion. Wang is particularly interested in exploring and negotiating the possibilities of rendering the female body. Visually informed by an amalgamation of prehistoric ice-age statuettes and 20th century artists like Constantin Brancusi, he carves heavy thighs, enormous breasts and bulbous buttocks. This eroticism is countered by the solitary tone of these sculptures, as stoic and as subtly abstracted, as is Totem. His figures are of a powerful vividness although they also have a touch of melancholy. Many of the pieces show strangely torn, twisted and distorted shapes. Some seem to have lost limbs, lack eyes or mouths or have over-dimensional genitals. But there are also restrained and subtly abstracted forms in the same vein as Masque or Totem.

Wang Keping currently lives and works in Paris, France.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014INSIGHTGallery Magda Danysz, ShanghaiGroup
2014 Art and FashionGallery Magda Danysz, ShanghaiGroup
2013 Xing Xing : Wang Keping & Ma DeshengMagda Danysz Gallery , Paris Group
2013Wang Keping - collections du Musée CernuschiMusée Cernuschi 25 avenue Velasquez ParisSolo
2013Et la Chine s’est éveillée…Chapelle de la Visitation - espace d’art contemporain Thonon-Les-BainsGroup
2012OverlookGallery Magda Danysz, ShanghaiGroup
2011Lines & Figures : ConversationsShangri-La Hotel ParisGroup
2011Wang Keping - All SmilesMagda Danysz Gallery ,ParisGroup
2011 Chinese artists in ParisMusée Cernuschi ParisGroup
2011Wang Keping - All smilesGallery Magda Danysz, ShanghaiGroup
2009Wang KepingGalerie Loft, Paris, FranceSolo
2007NocturneGallery Lasés, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Katie de Tilly Contemporary Artists10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong Group
2006Wang KepingGalerie Zurcher, ParisSolo
2004Wang KepingMusée d’art contemporain de Marseille, FranceSolo
2000Le corps morceléFondation Daniel et Florence Guerlain, ChinaGroup
1999Wang KepingGalerie Jaques Barrère, Paris, FranceSolo
1997Wang KepingAlisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong, S.A.Solo