Jove Wang was born in China.
As a youth, at age seven he apprenticed with the master painter
Gang Gu, subsequently studying 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
has turned his focus to painting scenes of the indigenous cultures
of China, based on numerous travels into the far reaches of that
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 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.
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