Born in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China in 1956, Wang Guangyi graduated from the Oil Paintings Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts. Since, he has held several successful exhibitions internationally; and his provocative works have been acquired by and showcased in museums around the world.
He now lives and works in Beijing, China.
Wang Guangyi repurposes historical Chinese propaganda posters into paintings that satirize the encounter between China’s communist history and the rise of Western influence through advertising. Associated with the “Political Pop” genre within the Chinese Contemporary Art Movement, Wang is best known for his “Great Criticism” series, where he juxtaposes red and yellow Mao-era posters with branded symbols.