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
In 1992 he was commissioned
to painta 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
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
the Best of Show at
Art Club’s 88th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition,
and the following year he tookthe
First Place in the figure category in
the California Art Club’s 89th Annual Gold
Medal Juried exhibition.
In 1999, he earned the Best
of Show at the 8th
Annual National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters
In 2000 he took the 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 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 2009, "A Day
on the Silk Road" was selected
by the 11th National Exhibition
of Fine Arts in China.
In 2003 Wang published a book of
his paintings, entitled "Instinct
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.
with Jove Wang and reproductions
of his paintings have appeared in various
magazines including Southwest
Art Collector, Workshop
and American Artist.
Jove Wang also maintains a busy scheduleteaching art classesand 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,
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