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BIOGRAPHY OF JOVE WANG

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  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 graduating
in 1982. In 1984 he was accepted into the most prestigious
art 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 training
from 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 Mahony
for 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 then he
has turned his focus to painting scenes of the indigenous
cultures of China, based on numerous travels into the far
reaches of that country.
   
   
  In 1997 Jove Wang was honored with Best of Show at the
California Art Club’s 88th Annual Gold Medal Juried
Exhibition, and the following year he took First Place in
the figure category in the California Art Club’s 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 March 2008, Jove's portrait "Young Man" won Gold Medal Award by Japan Artist Association at Tokyo National Museum.
   
   
  In 2003 Wang published a book of his paintings, entitled
"Instinct and Feeling."
   
   
  From 1999 to 2006, Jove Wang was invited to present his
works for solo exhibitions in many galleries and museums. California museums that have shown his paintings include
the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Pasadena
Historical Museum, the Laguna Beach Art Museum, the
Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, the Bowers Museum at
Santa Ana and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Paintings by Jove Wang
have also been exhibited at the Springville Museum of Art
in Springville, Utah, and the Phippen Museum in Arizona.
   
   
  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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