Weigang Gao (b.1976, China)

Born in Heilongjiang Province, China, in 1976, Gao Weigang graduated from the Tianjing Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Widely exhibiting across the Mainland China as well as in Hong Kong and London, the artist was awarded winner of “Art Futures” in Art HK 2011 in recognition of his artistry and the originality of his work.

An intensely versatile artist whose works employ a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and performance, Gao Weigang evades categorisation of his artworks into a particular genre. His language makes each piece both the apparatus and the product of experiment, transforming objects so they break through the audience’s natural and ideological perceptions of the material world. Gao Weigang’s creations are also personal: they are milestones in the artist’s quest of self-reflection and a constant re-examination of himself. Despite the many artistic forms and materials Gao Weigang adopts and the great aesthetic variations throughout his works, they all reflect his intention to challenge the viewer’s accustomed visual culture with a sense of humour and an overriding hint of scepticism. Whether it is painting, sculpture or installation, the artist manages to retain a strong sense of medium-specificity.

Gao, Weigang b.1976

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