Jove Wang was born in
China. As a youth, at age seven he apprenticed with the master
painter Gang Gu, subsequentlystudying at Jilin School of Art
for three years and graduatingin 1982. In 1984 he was accepted
into the most prestigiousart institute of China, Zhejiang Academy
of Fine Arts (now named the China Academy of Art) and graduated
as an honor student in 1988. He also received professional trainingfrom
the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts.
In 1990 Jove Wang immigrated to the United States where he soon
met with success, the beginning of a career that has garnered
him national recognition. In 1992 he was commissioned to paint
a portrait of Bishop Roger Mahonyfor the Archdiocese Catholic
Center in Los Angeles, and the following year painted a second
portrait of Mahony, who by then had been named Cardinal, for
exhibition at his Titular Church in Rome. Other commissioned
portraits followed, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael
Antonorich and former California Governor Pete Wilson. Since
then he has turned his focus to painting scenes of the indigenous
cultures of China, based on numerous travels into the far reaches
of that country.
In 1997 Jove Wang was
honored with Best of Show at the California Art Clubs 88th
Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, and the following year he
took First Place in the figure category in the California Art
Clubs 89th Annual Gold Medal Juried exhibition. In 1999,
he earned Best of Show at the 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition
of Oil Painters of America. In 2000 he took First Place at the
prestigious Viewpoint 2000 Cincinnati Art Club Exhibition. That
same year he also won three prizes at the Plein Air Tucson 2000
Exhibit in Tucson (Grand Prize, Best of Mission, and Best Design/Architecture).
In 2001 he won the Best of Show and the Artists Choice
Award at the 2001 Carmel Art Festival.
In 2003 Wang published a book of his paintings, entitled Instinct
From 1999 to 2006, Jove Wang was invited to present hisworks
for solo exhibitions in many galleries and museums. California
museums that have shown his paintings include the Pasadena Museum
of California Art, the Pasadena Historical Museum, the Laguna
Beach Art Museum, the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, the Bowers
Museum at Santa Ana and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Paintings by Jove Wang have
also been exhibited at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville,
Utah, and the Phippen Museum in Arizona.
In addition, paintings by Jove Wang are in the permanent collections
of several important California art collections including those
of the Bowers Museum, the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the art
collection of Mission San Juan Capistrano, as well as in the
art collection of the Museum of Jilin, China.
Interviews with Jove Wang and reproductions of his paintings
have appeared in various magazines including Southwest Art, American
Art Collector, Workshop and American Artist.
Jove Wang also maintains a busy schedule teaching art classes
and workshops to a wide circle of students eager to learn from
a master artist.
He has been invited to teach oil painting workshops at various
art schools and galleries including the Scottsdale Artists
School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, the California Art
Club has invited him to give demonstrations and lectures at the
new campus of the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and
at the Autry Museum. Jove Wang is also a guest professor at several
academies of fine art in China.
Jove Wang is a Signature Member of the California Art Club.