Weishan Wu is a world renowned sculptor. Currently, he serves as a Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC),Vice President of Chinese Artists Association, President of Chinese Academy of Sculpture, and Director of National Urban Sculpture Committee. He is also the President of Chinese Academy of Sculpture, a professor and PhD supervisor.
He graduated from Nanjing Normal University in 1987, and he was the prize winner of the Pangolin Award of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2003, the Chinese Urban Sculpture Achievement Award in 2009, the 1st China Arts Award in 2011 and the International Gold Prize of Arts of La Maison des Artistes in 2012. He was awarded The First Award for Person of the Year in Art of the PRC in 2014 by RRC and was granted the title of “Artists with High Moral Virtue and Artistic Achievements of China” in 2015. He also earned an honorary doctorate in literature and an honorary fellowship of Chinese University of Hong Kong and an honorary doctor of philosophy at Inje University, South Korea. He is a Fellow of Royal British Society of Sculptors as well.
Weishan Wu has long been tapping into and drawing on the rich traditional Chinese culture and committed to expressing the spirit of Chinese culture through his sculptures. With this inspration, he has created a large number of influential works which have been exhibited worldwide and collected by many key museums. One of his sculpture collections, which consists of a host of historical figures of China, is hailed as an “Image Maker of the Time” by the respectful scholar Xianlin Jiand and is regarded as“representing the spirit of a new China” by the international critics. There is a sculpture garden named after him in South Korea and a “Hall of Sculptures of Wu Weishan”established in the Nanjing Museum. Many of his works, including “Conversation between Baishi Qi and Leonado Da Vinci” and “Confucius”, have been permanently collected by the National Museum of Rome, the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge and other world’s most renowned museums, while his most representative sculptures, “Confucius” and“Asking Way”, can be found in various other countries. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon commended Professor Wu for his sculptures in that they reflect not only the soul of a country but also that of all mankind.
Professor Wu is the first person who puts forward the “Theory of Impressionistic Sculpture” and ”Eight Styles of Chinese Sculpture” and published several treatises and books to elaborate on his theory. This theory summarizes the great tradition of Chinese sculpture and plays a major guiding role in boosting sculptural creation in today’s China.
Professor Wu has been actively promoting Chinese art on the world stage and has made great contribution to the international cultural exchange of China.