My current works have been dealing with preservation of nature and Guo hua; individualism in the viewer’s eyes; patterns in nature; and the role of traditional art form in the digital age inspired by "The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction", an essay German cultural critic Walter Benjamin. My painting series "Rorschach" for example, offers the viewer a Rorschach test, which invites them to question openly on what the individual sees. This invitation lets the viewer see art with not just the eyes but also the mind. It allows an old ancient art form to question the modern minds. My current painting series “Preserve” uses pins to preserve real insects and objects found in nature reflects my ultimate goal: Preserving the beauty from nature and the old art form of Guo hua. What I learned in design, Photography and Digital Arts plays a key role in my art creation. My ultimate dream as an artist is to develop unique styles of Lingnan Guo hua and Modern traditional arts that speaks to both Eastern and Western viewers.
“Earth breathes flowers so that it could take our breath away.” – Anita Yan Wong
My current works have been dealing with preservation of Nature and the ancient art form that honors it – “Guo hua”(rice paper painting), specifically the fragile and rare art of traditional Lingnan Guo hua. The influential Lingnan Guo hua, once considered as the most lively and contemporary of all Chinese painting in the early 20th century, is now a rare art. With few pupils of practice, the style and message of the art form has not been pushed to its potential. As the 4th generations of Lingnan masters specializes in both traditional and modern arts, my goal is to preserve and push the limit of Lingnan Guo hua with my knowledge in both Art and Design and the help of Scientist and Socialist. I’m currently collaboration with MAHB Stanford University to push the limit of the traditional Lingnan Style Guo hua – an art form expressing the human appreciation of nature since its creation is now given an opportunity to grow and develop. It will once again question the modern minds, once again serve as a voice and an instrument for Nature with an updated style, scientific and social meanings.
Prof. Anita Yan Wong, M.F.A.
International Artist, Educator and Thinker
The name of the artist ages with time from 小白菜 to 大白菜 and one day to 老白菜
Professorship & Faculty:
School of Visual Arts, NYC
The Art Institute, Philadelphia
Tyler School of Arts, Temple University
Maryland Institute College of Arts, MD, U.S.A.
AIGA professional portfolio reviewer
"What interest me is that the Impressionists and Lingnan painters lived in an age of struggle between modernity and a traditional order. I don't categorize me nor my art as Traditional nor Modern, Like me, they are both." –Anita Yan Wong
Prof. Anita Yan Wong A Specialist in Modern traditional Chinese art and French Impressionism, is a long time pupil of HSIN PENGJIU (辛鵬九)– a World-renowned Lingnan style master (嶺南畫派) and first pupils of Chao Shao An and Pu Hsin-Yu (Aisin-Gioro Puru), cousin of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. Anita is the 4th generations of Lingnan leading painter, mastering both traditional and modern, western and eastern Arts, the artist calls her style Impressionist Lingnan Guo Hua, a mixture inspired by both traditional art from Asia and French Impressionism.
Anita received her B.A. (Honors) in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; her M.F.A. and M.A. in Digital Photography and Digital Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works was featured on “N.Y. Arts” Magazine, Emmy Award “Funny or Die” Magazine and was awarded 1st place wall art by “Design within Reach” in Design Philadelphia Award. Prof. Wong gained her Electronic Media and Culture Professorship and Award Excellence Scholarship from Maryland Institute College of Art M.D. and was recognized “Teaching excellence honor” from the Art Institute. She also served as a reviewer and guest speaker at AIGA and SVA for Film & Television Director Bob Giraldi (best known for Michael Jackson “Beat it” music video) She is the youngest selected permanent member at Hong Kong International Art Club and Photography Club. Anita has served as a professor for over ten years before returning to a sole focus on her art in 2015.
"I don't want to give up my identity to be Claude Monet nor Chao Chao An because I live in a different era, I treasure my freedom of thinking and freedom of creativity. I love staying true to who I am and I love being Anita Wong"
Raised by her Mum, an expert in Chinese history, language and a Biologist, Anita started her formal training in Guo hua since age 5 with HSIN PENGJIU. The young artist spent many hours caring and observing birds,, she has been captivated by their beauty where animals and nature became the subject to her art ever since. Anita Wong is a painter who combines the ancient art of Lingan Guo Hau and Impressionism to create her own unique art style. Nature is the main inspiration for the artist who equally admires works by Claude Monet and beautiful Chinese rice paintings. Anita Wong explores the movements of subjects and movement of time, which is why animals and natural elements represent recurrent topics in her work. Colorful tigers and birds in full flight experience a certain level of abstraction but still retain their natural appeal. Perception and preservation are also recurrent topics in her paintings as the artist tries to explore various ways individuals perceive her imagery, but a lso to preserve and add a modern twist to the old art technique thus making it appealing to both Eastern and Western viewers.
Anita's recent works have been dealing with Individualism in the viewer’s eyes, patterns in nature and the roles of traditional art forms in the digital age. She is an Asian American Artist archived by AAAC in New York City, AAA.org (Asia Art Archive) in Hong Kong, China.
Her current works are featured on Widewalls.ch, Neehao U.K. Magazine, Interview and Cover story of Artdependence Magazine. Her current research is a collaboration project with MAHB Stanford University with the goal of preserving and pushing the limits of Lingnan style Guo hua. Yale University China Hands Magazine described her paintings as “Traditional art form that questions the Modern Minds”.
(Full Artist Biography available on www.widewalls.ch/artist/anita-wong/)
Anita Yan Wong
San Francisco Bay Area