Wang Gongyi graduated in 1962 from the Affiliated High School of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She joined the Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House as an editor in 1973. In 1978, she entered the Printmaking Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Fine Arts), and after receiving her degree there she remained as a teacher. In 1980, Wang was awarded the grand prize for her Qiu Jin series of woodcut prints at the ‘Second National Youth Art Exhibition’. Six years later, she was chosen as one of the four artists set out on a cultural exchange program to France. By 2001, the artist had moved to the United States, where she is now based in Oregon.


She has exhibited extensively globally. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Exhibition of Wang Gongyi’s Works (Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2013); Wang Gongyi’s Art Work (Tianjian Academy of Art Museum, Tianjin, China, 2010); Wang Gongyi – Works on Paper (Laura Russo Gallery, Oregon, USA, 2009). Her recent group exhibitions include: Records of the West Lake (China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2017); Wang Gongyi and Yan Shanchun Joint Exhibition (Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, 2016); Living Legacies: The JSMA @ 80 (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Oregon, USA, 2013); Exhibition of Wang Gongyi’s Works (Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China, 2013); and 2012 Ink Painting: 2012 International Ink Painting Exhibition and Symposium (National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012).


Wang Gongyi’s works are in the collections of many museums and organizations, including: The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum (USA); The USC Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, USA); The National People’s Congress (Beijing, China); The National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China); China Academy of Art, (Hangzhou, China) ; Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai, China); The Liaoning Provincial Museum (Liaoning, China); Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum (Jiangsu, China) ; and the Zhejiang Art Museum (Zhejiang, China).