Artist, Hong Kong, Music

WONG Yankwai

  • August 29, 2016

YankWongProtraitBorn in 1955 in Hong Kong, cur­rently lives and works in Hong Kong. At once a painter, art direc­tor, set designer, writer, musi­cian, and pho­tog­ra­pher: Yank is a true renais­sance man who expresses his cre­ativ­ity in mul­ti­ple forms. Yet above all he prefers to be called a painter, not an artist.

Edu­cated in France dur­ing the 1970s, Wong was one of the ear­li­est wave of foreign-trained painter to return to his native Hong Kong and embark on a jour­ney in a con­tem­po­rary art.

Wong’s paint­ing stands out among the Hong Kong arts scene in that it is free of social urban and his­tor­i­cal con­text. Colour is his pri­mary medium. He struc­ture with it, sculp­ture with it, moves and speaks with it. The result is an odyssey of pow­er­ful and vivid colours that speaks its own truth.