KELLY WANG 王 佳 怡
b. 1992 in New York, lives and works in New York.
Wang's work examines and redefines Asian American identity and considers the emotionally complex and historically layered experiences of modern people. Her visual and conceptual practice incorporates her extensive studies of Asian art history, global philosophy and religion, literature, poetry, and psychology. Growing up in a family with a history of collecting and connoisseurship, Kelly Wang has been exposed to Chinese art since early childhood. She earned an MA in Art History from Columbia University and a BA in Art History from CUNY Hunter College. Kelly has been studying calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting since 2010 while developing her own contemporary artistic practice. She has lectured about Chinese art (traditional and modern) and Western abstract painting at CUNY Hunter College.
An intercultural and multidisciplinary artist, Wang combines contemporary and pre-modern materials and approaches to create paintings, sculptures, and works that hover between two and three dimensions. She is currently incorporating video, installation and digital art into her practice. Five of her paintings were acquired by Princeton University Art Museum, where she had a solo exhibition entitled "Between Heartlands: Kelly Wang" at Princeton's gallery project space, Art@Bainbridge, in 2022. She has had four solo shows in New York City.
Wang's paintings were published in Princeton's Art & Archaeology Newsletter, Fall 2018. Her works have been sold at auction at Christie's Hong Kong in November 2019 and December 2020.