Wang Guangle was born in Mibei, (province of Fujian) in 1976 and graduated in 2000 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
Wang spearheaded a new generation of Chinese artists dedicated to exploring “all possibilities beyond the rules of the Academy,” resisting conventional labels such ‘representation’ or ‘abstraction.’ He became a founding member of N12 in 2003, a collective of young artists unified by a desire to break away from the traditions of representational painting in favour of individual expression. His graduation exhibition at the Academy showcased five paintings which had taken him almost half a year to complete. The title of the series, “3pm to 5pm”, referred to the period when Wang would paint in his studio, working to capture the rays of light projected across his studio floor by the setting sun. This began his series Terrazzo, the first of which was the 3pm-5pm series in which he used a composite material consisting of chips of marble, quartz, granite, or glass poured with a binder. He chose to emphasize the painting process itself by focusing solely on the terrazzo and stripping out all other details.
Wang Guangle’s work is in public collections including the M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong; Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Geneva; M+, Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong; Sammlung Goetz Collection, Munich; Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, China; Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels and the White Rabbit Collection, Chippendale, Australia. He has been the subject of several one-artist exhibitions, including Pace Gallery in 2019 and Beijing Commune (2009, 2011, 2015), and the Soka Art Center, Taipei (2011). Since 2000, his work has been featured in many group exhibitions, including recently Biennales/Triennales: the Prague Biennale (2009); Busan Biennale (2010) and California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2013). His museum group exhibitions include China’s ReVision: Focus Beijing, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (2008); ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists’ Concept & Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); 28 Chinese, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2015); and Constellation, Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia (2017).