Anita Wong


Anita Wong
Mixed Media on Rice Paper

A Specialist in Modern traditional Chinese art and French Impressionism, is a long time pupil of 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 Magazine and various local and International leading Art Magazines. She 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.

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 the World leading Lingnan master 辛鵬九. 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 also 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 inspired by an essay by German cultural critic Walter Benjamin entitled The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.

She is an Asian American Artist archived by AAAC in New York City and AAA.org (Asia Art Archive Hong Kong China), her current works are featured on 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”.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My current works have been dealing with preservation of nature and Guo hua; individualism in the viewer’s eyes; patterns in nature; and the roles of traditional Arts in digital art 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 with elegance and reasoning that speaks to both Eastern and Western viewers.