As a Chinese-American artist, I have been torn and blessed by both cultures. Chinese paintings are characterized by the beauty of simplicity. One stroke contains color, tonality of ink, form and texture. It is extremely philosophical. The significance of people in landscape speaks of the grandness and awesomeness of God’s creation. The artist, however, is defined by humility and insignificance. I like to keep this concept in my paintings.
Western paintings are rich with form, color and texture. It is a forum for the artist to express their own vocabulary. Over the years, I have adopted this freedom. The humble artist, so insignificant in the philosophy of Chinese paintings, are now encouraged to be an interpreter of creation and suddenly the boundaries of art become infinite.
"Water and ink were once a very familiar part of my painting repertoire, now I have rediscovered their powerful potential."
Ruby Wang studied is a student of Huang Chung Pi and Wu, Yongxian, both masters of Chinese paintings. After graduation from the department of Art at Taiwan Normal University, she went to the United States and had her further study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
Ruby's early works were rooted in the traditional Chinese culture. After coming to the States, she was influenced by the western culture and modern art and her works has displayed the essence of the combination between oriental and western artistic forms. Her work expresses the doctrine of realistic and strong feelings on real objects with Chinese brush-pens and patterns and western painting ideas and skill.
"If I were to classify the progression of my work into early, middle and late stages, I would name these stages: Copy, Paste and Splash."
Ruby Wang's art fuses the traditional brush techniques of her native China with the broader aspects of western contemporary art particularly that of the United States where she has lived for many years.
Ruby is also a gifted teacher. With intelligence, patience and commitment she provides her many and very devoted students with a positive learning experience, though in her self-effacing way she frequently credits learning as much or more from her studnets as she teaches them.
These warm and sincere characteristics are all reflected in her art and give it its very special qualities. Ruby Wang has achieved much in her career and there is more she wants to and will do.