Natural gift

Updated: 2013-11-10 08:00

By Zhuan Ti (China Daily)

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Natural gift

Representation, as the final phase of Wang's creative process, is the conclusion.

"It could simply be a presentation of what I got from the involvement and reflection, exactly something I have been looking for or it could also be a transcendence, something that carries its own meaning," Wang said.

Wang noted that Chinese painting should always be vague and touch the viewer with "some kind of vibe".

Critics say his paintings bring the viewer into a spiritual place they have been looking for where they can finally relax and become who they really are.

Wang's ideas regarding Chinese art and painting as a creative process have been influential and his works are critically acclaimed, critics say.

He has been lecturing on Chinese painting at universities for many years. He now teaches at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts.


Wang Baoan was born in Xuzhou city, Jiangsu province in 1964. He graduated from the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 1986 with a major in Chinese painting. He is now a professor and supervisor of postgraduates at the Chinese Painting Department of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a member of the China Artists Association, the Shaanxi branch of the Chinese Painting Research Institute and a researcher at the Shaanxi Cultural and History Museum.

He was named one of the top 10 artists in fine arts by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles in Shaanxi in 1996.

His works have won awards in many national competitions and been featured in both national and international media including the World Journal, Da Kung Pao in Hong Kong, Guangming Daily, Chinese Culture Daily and Shaanxi TV.