about

Los Angeles-based artist Diana Shui-Iu Wong was born and raised in 1940s Hong Kong. Wong’s interest in art and talent for drawing was apparent at the age of five. Throughout her childhood, she studied calligraphy, enriching her passion for art. Wong studied fine art close to home until her deepening interest in modern Western art, especially impressionism, led her to the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy, in 1957, and later the Royal School of Art in London. Wong returned to Hong Kong and traveled to New York and Los Angeles, where she set up permanent residence in 1970. Later in 1985, Wong opened a gallery of her own in Santa Monica. Since settling in Los Angeles, Wong has established herself as an international local artist who balances traditional Chinese and contemporary Western aesthetics.

While Wong’s classical training in both Chinese and Western painting form the basis for her techniques, her study of the I-Ching offered her a decisive break from traditional modes as well as new creative directions. In 1962, Wong began to experiment beyond the conventions of her formal art training to explore the liberating complexity of abstraction. Discovering that she could express pride for her heritage and culture through her work, Wong has also found self- empowerment through her art making. Wong’s most recent work ventures boldly into abstraction while grounded in nature and the elements. Her striking images, like color-flooded snapshots of the cosmos, explore universal questions about being and balance.

Labyrinth of the Nine Palaces Installation 2011 ShangYuen Art Museum Beijing, China

Labyrinth of the Nine Palaces Installation 2011 ShangYuen Art Museum Beijing, China

In 2011 Diana was invited to create a permanent installation of the “Labyrinth of the Nine Palaces” from the I-Ching with glass and steel on the rooftop of the Shang-Yuen Art Museum and Artist Community in Beijing, China. Diana Wong’s work has been exhibited in Museums, galleries and cultural centers in various cities in the U.S. and internationally in China, Japan, France, Italy, Mexico and Taiwan.

In 2005 Diana Wong published her autobiography: Merging, The labyrinth And Beyond, Art and Life of Diana Shui-lu Wong. Merging features a collection of work that spans four decades, from Wong’s early impressionistic portraits and landscapes to recent abstract compositions inspired by the Chinese philosophy of the I Ching or The Book of Changes.

 

CV

Selected Solo Exhibits

  • 2015 LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2012 “Glass Labyrinth”, the Shang Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2012 LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2010 Building Bridges Art Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2008 Gallery Ora-Ora, Beijing, China
  • 2008 Total Art gallery, Shenzhen, China
  • 2006 Chinese American Museum of Art, Los Angeles
  • 2005 “Retrospective” Museum of Art, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2000 “Entrance/Emergence” 456 Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1998 “The Journey Within” Galleria Mazzocchi, Parma, Italy
  • 1997 “Labyrinth of Migration” Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, Fullerton
  • 1997 “Blue and Gold: A Tribute to Hong Kong” Trigram Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1995 “Wonders of Heaven” Galleria Prospectiva, Milan, Italy
  • 1994 “Wonders of Heaven” National Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 1992 “Cosmos” Seibu Art Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1992 “Cosmos” Filipin Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 1989 “New Works: The Pacific Rim Exhibit” Gallery Q + 1, Tokyo
  • 1988 “Ten Years Work in Retrospective” Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1988 “Ten Years Work in Retrospective” Alisan Fine Arts Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1987 “The Peng Series” Midge Carr Art Center Gallery, New York Institute of Technology, New York
  • 1983 “California Trails” Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

Selected Installations and Performances

  • 2012 “All Seasons Become One” Art Performance, LELA International Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2012 “Labyrinth of Nine Palaces” Permanent Installation of Steel and Glass, Shang Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2007 “The Bliss Table”, Asto Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1999 “Creation and Dissolution” Art Performance, L.A. Artcore Brewery, Los Angeles
  • 1996 “Process and Ritual” Video Installation, Downey Museum, Downey
  • 1995 “The Labyrinth” LA ArtCore, Art Bank, Los Angeles, California National State County Partnership Grant
  • 1994 “The Labyrinth” Dance/Poetry/Music, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Selected Group Exhibits

  • 2014 “ Art and Democracy” #4 “Building Bridges”, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA
  • 2012 “From a Whisper to a Roar”, National WCA Exhibit, Ave 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA
  • 2008 “Building Bridges” CEART Cultural Art Center, Ensenada Mexico
  • 2008 L.A. Art Core, Hybrid Prints, Los Angeles CA
  • 2008 Emphasis Santa Monica, Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica
  • 2007 Sung Zhuang Festival of Art, Beijing, China
  • 2007 Five Continent Artist’s Conferences and Art Exhibit, Paris, France
  • 2004 Art and Democracy #3 Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California
  • 2004 “Bridging Time and Space. California Layerists Create” SomArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • 2003 “Abstract Elegant I” Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 2000 “The Immigrants’ Eye” Angels’ Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California
  • 2000 “On and Off Paper” Angels’ Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California
  • 2000 “Shifting Perceptions/Contemporary L.A. Visions” Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California
  • 1998 International Art Festival, Tachikawa, Japan
  • 1998 Pyong Taek International Art Festival, Pyong Taek, Korea
  • 1997 “Four Abstract Artists” Gallery of the Rim, San Francisco, California
  • 1997 “Beyond Abstraction” Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • 1997 “Beyond Abstraction” Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, Shanghai, China

Selected Review and Bibliographies

  • 2005 “Role Model” Channel 18, LA
  • 1997 “Chinese Abstract Art and Beyond at the Hong Kong Arts Center,” Asian Art News, May/June 1997, p. 84, John Millichap
    “Art Talk” CNBC News, Hong Kong
  • 1996 “Dancing With the Tao” Asian Art News, Vol. 6, No.4 July/August pp. 66-67, Collette Chattopadhyay
  • 1995 “Introduction, The Wonders of Heaven”, Beijing, China, Henry Hopkins
    “Lao Tzu, Dante, Jung & I Ching” Archivio, Milan, Italy
  • 1994 “Artist Finds Expression in Colours” China Daily, Beijing, China, August 3, 1994, Yi Shu
  • 1992 “Diana Wong in Milan” Giornale di Sicilia, Feb. 1992, Picciche 1991 Visions Magazine, Mary Carrol Nelson
  • 1989 Los Angeles Times, Susan Geer

Awards

  • 2016 Best Narrative Short Film, All Seasons Become One, Fine Art film Festival Venice, CA
  • 2016 Best Fine Art Film, All Seasons Become One, Open Art Short Film Festival, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 2015 Best Short Film, All Seasons Become One, Albuquerque Film and Music Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2015 Out Of The Ordinary Honorable Mention, All Seasons Become One, Taos Shortz Film Festival, Taos, New Mexico
  • 1983 Jury award,, La mirada Art Festival, California
  • 1981 Second award 66th National Orange festival. San Bernardino California
  • 1960 1st Award Black and white composition, International young artists competition, Grubbio, Italy