Wang Keping was born in Beijing, China in 1949. In 1979 he founded the Stars, an experimental artists’ collective that was born out of the atmosphere of open political activism during the “Beijing Spring.” A self-taught artist, Wang Keping is known for his rounded, stylized wood sculptures, most of which are abstractions of the female body. After carving the figures out of single blocks of beech, ash, wild cherry, maple or oak, he lightly burns and then polishes the surface of each one to produce a smooth, lustrous effect. Wang Keping has exhibited widely throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, and his work has been collected by many notable institutions such as the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University.

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