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< Kwong Kwok Wai
Hong Kong

BIOGRAPHY

Kwong is a Hong Kong based multi-disciplinary artist. After learning the basics from art teachers, he developed his own artistic approach while serving in the journalistic field for 30 years. After witnessing and reporting the ups and downs of Hong Kong, he quitted his job as an Executive Producer in a TV news channel by the end of 2018 so that he could fully devote his time and attention to the pursuit of arts.

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Exhibitions

  • Kwong Kwok Wai, petit solo exhibition, 26/8-8/9/2023, Colorida Galeria de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Hide and Seek Art Game: Solo Exhibition of Site-specific Art, 4-30/4/2020 at kubrick Cinema-Cafe-Bookshop, Hong Kong.
  • Sketches of the Times, Vines Series Solo Exhibition, 12/1-23/2/2019 at TC2 cafe & workshop, Hong Kong.
  • The Other End, Kwong Kwok Wai’s Oil Paintings Solo Exhibition, 9-22/1/2010 at Cattle Depot Artists Village, and 23/1-5/2/2010 at ACO Book Shop, Hong Kong.
  • Light of Love, selected entries: “The Map of A Myth IV” for the group exhibition by AI Gallery, 15-19/6/2022, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong.
  • Contemporary III Edition, selected entries: “The Map of A Myth III” and “The Map of A Myth VII” for the group exhibition by Boomer Gallery, 13-18/5/2022 at Boomer Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
  • Infinite Possibilities, selected entries: “The Map of A Myth V” for the online art exhibition, Art Gallery 118.
  • Passages, selected entries: “The Map of A Myth III” for the online art exhibition, Art Gallery 118.
  • Communitas III: Digitale Gemeinschaft, selected entries: “The Map of A Myth III” for the group exhibition by Kollektiv Kollektiv, 7/11-5/12/2021 at Kunsthaus Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland and online platform.
  • Beyond Behind, group exhibition by IAMA, 11-16/12/2021, Hall 4 & 5, Hong Kong Central Library.
  • Inward Outward, joint exhibition with painter Shweta Rastogi, 13-20/8/2019, Nido Asia Art Gallery, Hong Kong.
  • The Onset Exhibition: Walter Kwong, with other represented artists, 10-30/4/2021 at B&S Art Gallery + Studio, Hong Kong.
  • Hello World, participation in the virtual art project with artists from 70 countries: Hide and Seek Art Game, 20/6/2020, TransCultural Exchange.
  • Ongoing Conversation: Recall, Recollect, and Reconstruct, selected entries: “Hopscotch: 1965” for the Juried Show, 20/12/2019-5/1/2020, Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan.

Publications of Artworks

  • “The Map of A Myth II”, book cover art, and “The Map of A Myth I”, “The Map of A Myth IV”, Issue IX, Autumn 2022, The Good Life Review.
  • “The Map of A Myth VI”, Issue 12, October 2022, Variant Literature.
  • “The Map of A Myth V”, issue VIII, Summer 2022, The Good Life Review.
  • “The Map of A Myth V” and “The Map of A Myth VI”, 51.2 online issue, Phoebe Journal.
  • “The Map of A Myth IV”, Issue VI – February 2022, The Closed Eye Open.
  • “The Map of A Myth III”, Issue #26: Person of Interest, Nonbinary Review, Zoetic Press, 2021.
  • “Vines Series”, Issue XXXI, High Shelf Press.
  • “Whirling Mass II”, Issue 7, Wild Roof Journal, March 2021.
  • “Foreboding Above” and “Whirling Mass I”, Bluing the Blade, Vol.1 No. 2, Spring 2021: Tempered Runes Press.
  • “The Well”, pacificREVIEW 2021 edition: The Mirror Maze.
  • “Chessboard for Agreement”, 2021 issue of Barzakh Magazine.

Awards on Artworks

  • Second Place, “2022 All Abstraction Online Competition”, Contemporary Art Gallery. Awarded work: “The Map of A Myth VI”.
  • Talent Prize Award, “Abstract” 2022 International Juried Art Competition, Art Show International Gallery. Awarded work: “The Map of A Myth IV”.
  • Honorable Mention Award, “Abstract” 2021 International Juried Art Competition, Art Show International Gallery. Awarded work: The Map of A Myth I”.
  • Bronze Award, “All Abstracts 2021 Exhibition”, Camelback Gallery, US. Awarded work: “Hopscotching Through Time”.
  • Bronze Award, “My Best Work of 2020”, Camelback Gallery, US. Awarded work: “Whirling Mass II”.

Reviews, Citations and Interviews

  • “10 Questions with Kwong Kwok Wai”, Al-Tiba9 Contemporary Art, November 2, 2022.
  • Featured artist “Meet … Kwong Kwok Wai”, Hello World Newsletter #2, September 2020: TransCultural Exchange.
  • “Hide and Seek, Search for Art”, a feature story on the exhibition Hide and Seek Art Game, metro Pop magazine, issue 663, April 2020.
  • Artist of the Month” for January, 2023, Thought Art Magazine.

Other Artist Activities

  • Selected Artist at IMAGO International Artist Residency, Sophia, Bulgaria, 2021.
  • Awarded Artist for Vermont Studio Center Residency with VSC Merit Grant, Vermont Studio Center, USA, November 2019.
  • Invited Artist for Residency at Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain, November 2018.

STATEMENT

I usually start with concepts in my painting process, and concepts converted into symbols. With abstractions suggestive of old places and past events, I try to build up a connection between history and contemporary art.