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Wang Guangle

About Wang Guangle

Wang Guangle (b. 1976, Fujian, China) is recognized as a pioneer of conceptual painting in China. He was a founding member of the N12 artist group, unified by their break from the traditions of representational painting toward individual expression. He has garnered critical praise for his process-based paintings, wherein the artist translates abstract qualities of the world—such as the passage of time—into paint, simultaneously referring to the materiality of the medium and the act of painting through abstraction and repetition.

Wang has been the subject of several one-artist exhibitions at venues including Beijing Commune (2009, 2011, 2015), and the Soka Art Center, Taipei (2011). Since 2000, his work has been featured in over ninety group exhibitions, including China’s ReVision: Focus Beijing, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (2008); Prague Biennale (2009); Busan Biennale (2010); Spin: The First Decade of the New Century, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2012); ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists’ Concept & Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2013); 28 Chinese, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2015); and Constellation, Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia (2017).

Press Release

  • Wang Guangle
    NEW YORK, June 5, 2012—Pace is pleased to present the first U.S. exhibition of Chinese artist Wang Guangle, on view at 534 West 25th Street, New York, from June 22 through August 10. A public reception will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will feature seven new works from Wang's Untitled series, which extends from his Coffin Paint series (begun in 2004). These large-scale paintings are made by applying layers of acrylic paint to a canvas in a pre-determined order, resulting in heavily-built surfaces that take on illusionistic depth as the tone scale varies, with the lighter gray area surrounding the dark center functioning as a frame. Born from the Fujian tradition of elders’ preparing their coffins with a coat of lacquer for each year until their impending death, Wang adds paint to his canvas twice daily, with each layer farther removed from the painting’s edge. As the pigment accumulates, the center of the canvas builds and becomes nearly sculptural in dimension. The paintings transform cultural rituals and the passing of time into a purely formal language. Wang Guangle (b. 1976, Songxi, Fujian province) trained at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, where he graduated from the oil painting department in 2000. Regarded as a leader among China’s younger generation of painters, he is a member of the N12, a group of graduates of the Central Academy of Fine Arts who began staging exhibitions together in 2003. Wang Guangle’s solo exhibitions include Wang Guangle (2008) and Untitled (2011) at Beijing Commune. Important group exhibitions include N12 No.1, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing; The Third Exhibition of Chinese Oil Paintings, National Art Museum, Beijing (2003); Prayer Beads and Brush Strokes, Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing (2003); Ideal of New Generation: Chinese New Generation Artist Award Exhibition, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (2004); Sleight of Mind, TS1 Art Center, Beijing (2005); and New Interface: Landing of UP Generation, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai (2006). He was included in the first two installments of Pace Beijing’s Beijing Voice exhibition (2011, 2010), an annual group show that considers and interprets current phenomena and ideas in contemporary art. Wang lives and works in Beijing. For more information about Wang Guangle, please contact the Public Relations department of The Pace Gallery at 212.421.8987. For general inquiries, please email; for reproduction requests, email