Arcadia Fine Arts was founded in 1998 with the goal of creating a showcase for contemporary, representational artwork.
The gallery is internationally known for presenting acclaimed and distinguished painters including Malcolm T. Liepke, Jeremy Lipking, Ron Hicks, Daniel Sprick and many others. In addition to featuring established painters, the gallery takes great pride in providing a launching pad for younger, emerging artists who are poised to become tomorrow's masters.
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Victor WangBiography of the Artist
Mixed media on canvas
44" x 56.5"
The vibrant, thickly applied paint and energetic, hyperactive brushwork found in Victor Wang’s paintings are immediately engaging and fascinating to the viewers of his large-scale oil paintings. His timeless female figures coax, taunt, and intrigue while a dense narrative of joy and pain unfolds in his brilliantly layered, narrative works. Utilizing elements of collage on his canvases not only express the artist’s Chinese heritage, but also create a multi-layered background for the depiction of the beauty of Western women. Victor Wang’s haunting and bold canvases have become the visual equivalent of “East Meets West.” Victor Wang is a graduate of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, one of the most prestigious art institutes in China. After graduation in 1983, he was asked back to Lu Xun to teach in the oil painting department and to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of painters in China. In 1987, Wang was sent as a visiting scholar to study at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Having experienced life in “the Western world,” he decided to continue his studies at Fontbonne University in Missouri, where he earned an MFA degree in 1990. Upon graduation, Wang was immediately hired as a professor in their Fine Art department and decided to continue his life in The United States. Wang is currently continuing his tenure as professor at Fontbonne University and enjoys working with young students. “Teaching informs my painting, “ he says, “and my painting informs my teaching.” Victor’s large-scale oils spotlight the female form as a vehicle for self-expression; he wants to convey his concern for what he refers to as the “universal drama: exhilaration, dreams, desires, expectations, ambitions, and frustrations”. Interwoven into the background of his paintings are smaller images of traditional Chinese paintings, thus fusing his heritage with the modern world. Victor Wang’s fresh and personal vision is quickly establishing him as one of the most exciting realist painters in the country. In addition to the collage work and beautiful women that inhabit the majority of Victor Wang’s works are the ever-present sunflowers. “When I was growing up in China with Mao Zedong as the ruler,” he says, “Mao always likened himself as “The Sun” and the people of China were the sunflowers that always turned in the direction of the sun. I use sunflowers,” he continues “as a constant reminder of where I came from and where I am going.”