Wenda Gu, Contemporary Artist
Wenda Gu was born in Shanghai, China in 1955. He graduated from Shanghai School of Arts in 1976. In 1981, he received his M.F.A. from the China Academy of Arts where he studied under the classical landscape painting master Lu Yanshao. Gu taught at the Academy from 1981 to 1987 and then moved to the United States in 1987. He was an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Minnesota from 1989 to 1990 and received the title of “Honorary Minnesotan” from the Governor of Minnesota. Gu has been invited to lecture at various art academies, universities, and institutions worldwide. He is a guest artist and adjunct faculty member of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. He was a panel member of the International Artists Residence of PS1 Museum in New York in 1995, a panel member of the Student Scholarship Committee of the Chicago Art Institute in 1998, and a jurist for the Macao Arts Festival for the Application of United Nations World Heritage in 2003. Gu was a candidate for an honorary doctorate from the Maine College of Art in 2001. Since 1981, Wenda Gu has participated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions and biennales. He had a survey exhibition for the first time in his artistic career at the National Gallery of Australia in 2001-2002 and his first traveling solo exhibition in the United States from 2003 to 2004. Gu is co-author of Chinese Ink Painting in the Twenty-First Century published by Shanghai Fine Arts in China. His work has been featured in numerous contemporary art and art history books. He has received many awards including one from the Canada Council for Visiting Foreign Artists in 1987. Gu has also been selected as one of ten of China’s most influential visual artists of the twentieth century by the Committee of the Forum of Centennial Art of China. His art has been widely discussed and reviewed by important international and national newspapers and magazines. He has been featured in television and radio programs worldwide. His art was also included in a cultural documentary film Under Wraps which was selected for the Vancouver International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival in New York, and nominated as the best cultural documentary film in the Toronto International Film Festival in 1997.