Wang Xu has been engaged in graphic design for over 20 years and is described as ‘a forerunner in graphic design in China’ in the exhibition catalogue accompanying the touring show, ‘Made in China: Contemporary Chinese Design’ which was organised by the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK and partly funded by Visiting Arts, UK.
He worked for nine years as a graphic designer in Hong Kong before returning to Guangzhou in 1995 to set up his own company Wang Xu and Associates.
He has won numerous international awards for his designs, including, most recently, the Golden Bee Award in the Golden Bee 5th International Biennale of Graphic Design Moscow in 2000, a Silver Medal in the 81st New York Art Directors Club Annual Awards in 2002 and a Selected Award in the Tokyo TDC Annual Awards in 2002.
Wang has been invited to act as a jury member for many international design competitions. In 2000 he was invited as a member of the Visual Committee and a jury member of the Logo Competition of the Beijing Bid for the 2008 Olympics. He has also participated in several international design conferences, giving lectures for example, at the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) International Design Conference in San Francisco in 2002.
Wang has also edited and designer more than sixty design books and magazines, including ‘The New Edition of Design Exchange’ and ‘The Growing Process of Design Masters Worldwide’. These publications were the first to introduce leading graphic designers to China and have thus had a profound influence on the development of graphic design in the country.
Source: Based on artist’s website and ‘Made in China: Contemporary Chinese Design’ catalogue, 2001.
Author: Diana Yeh, Visiting Arts
Wang Xu graduated from the Design Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1979. He came to Hong Kong in 1986 and had been working as a graphic designer until 1995 when he went back to Guangzhou and founded the Wang Xu & Associates Limited. Wang’s design firm has been in ally with Studio Dumbar in Holland and Garry Emery Design (now emerystudio) in Australia since 1999. He set up his Beijing office in 2000.
Wang is member of the New York Art Directros Club and Alliance Graphique Internationale. He is professor of Hunan University，guest professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, design director of Guangdong Museum of Art. In 2000 he was invited to be the Visual Committee member of Beijing’s Bid for the 2008 Olympics and jury member of the Logo Competition for Beijing’ Bid for the 2008 Olympics.
Wang Xu has received more than 100 international design awards, including Icograda Excellence Award in the 17th International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno, winning the Silver Medal twice in the New York Art Directors Club Annual Awards, the Golden Bee Awards twice in the International Biennale of Graphic Design Moscow, and the Special Recognition Prize in the Shaw Prize International Design Competition. He has also judged at international competitions such as the 80th and 84th ADC Annual Awards, International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno, International Competition Poster and Graphic Arts Festival of Chaumont, Tokyo TDC Awards 2005, and given lectures and speeches on many occasions.
Wang has edited and designed more than 80 design books and magazines and has been featured in various publications, such as Idea (1993), High Quality (1997), AIGA Journal of Graphic Design (1999 Vol.17, No.1), International Professional Scene 90 (Phaidon Press, 2002), Area (Phaidon,2003) and World Graphic Design (Merrill Publishers, 2003).
2002 Silver Medal in the 81st New York Art Directors Club Annual Awards
2002 Selected Award in the Tokyo TDC Annual Awards
2000 Golden Bee Award in the Golden Bee 5 International Biennale of Graphic Design Moscow
1998 Silver Medal and Distinctive Award in the 77th New York Art Directors Club Annual Awards
1998 ICOGRADA Excellence Award in the 17th International Biennale of Graphic Design Brno
1998 Golden Bee Award in the Golden Bee 4 International Biennale of Graphic Design Moscow
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(01 June 01 - 29 December 01)
Artist´s company website in English and Chinese