Ziyang Wu grew up in China and received his MFA in 2016 at the Rhode Island School of Design. Trained as a painter, Wu began to realize that as his primary means of expression painting was too limiting. “I’m always dissatisfied by a single visual form and seek to include different elements in my work such as technology, drama, and influences from other cultures.” Wu’s search for a medium that would allow more diverse expression led him to video which he discovered was a natural form for him. Focusing on contemporary China, its political and social world, Wu created stories replete with ridicule of its leaders, along with themes of oppression, corruption, and absurd behavior. The powerful visuals, and music, somber and mesmerizing magnetically pull you in.
Wu has shown his work internationally in China, US, and Europe, including exhibitions during MIlan Design Week, and Academy Art Museum, Maryland. In July 2016 Nancy Margolis Gallery exhibited the MFA thesis work from the 2016 painting class. Wu was one of the ten student whose work was exhibited, and was the introduction of the Nancy Margolis Gallery to the work of Ziyang Wu.
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