Wang Xieda was born in Fushun, Liaoning Province, and graduated from the Sculpture Department, China Academy of Art in 1996. He studied calligraphy for twenty years prior to making sculptures, notably in bronze but also in rattan and paper pulp, that share essential qualities with Chinese calligraphy in both structure and spirit. His work draws inspiration from his continuous study of ancient Chinese pictograms and ideograms, focusing on the material presence of bronze lines that are minimal, elegant, and which embody a sense of drawing in space.
He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, such as Sages’ Sayings, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai (2011); Arte Chino, Wang Xieda, Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (2010); Wang Xieda, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain (2010); Sages’ Sayings: Wang Xieda’s Art at Z‐Art Center in Shanghai (2009), and at the Shanghai Sculpture Space (2008). Recent group exhibitions include Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, Argentina (2011); The Inaugural Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Poetry，OCT Art and Design Gallery, Shenzhen (2011); Tao of Nature—Chinese Abstract Art Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2011). During the past 10 years, Wang Xieda’s work has been included in international group exhibitions and art fairs, such as Art HK, Hong Kong (2012), Art Taipei, Taipei (2012), SH Contemporary, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai (2011); Korea‐China Contemporary Art Exchange, Zaha Museum, Seoul, Korea (2010); ARTOUR‐O the MUST, Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia, Museo Archeologico, Museo di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy. He lives and works in Shanghai.