Wang Mengsha

1982, Wuxi Jiangsu China


Born in 1982 Wuxi, Wang Mengsha grew up in an artistic family. In 2006 she graduated from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art, having studied animation. Since then she has completed advanced studies at Griffith University, in Queensland Australia, and the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom. After returning to China, she became a full time artist. In her unique "gongbi" style of paintings, Wang adopts a sense of humor to innovatively combine aspects of traditional paintings of court maidens and beauties with landscape paintings. Akin to the eminent artist Walasse Ting, with whom she shares a hometown, Wang is associated with bright colours and calligraphic strokes. However, as a female artist she applies a feminine perspective to examine the past and look at the future in ways that redefine contemporary ink art in history and modern culture.  

Wang has been honoured with many awards, including in 2009 when the Beijing magazine Chinese Painting selected her as one of "China’s Young Artists Most Deserving of Immediate Media Attention". In 2011 Bazaar Art magazine selected her artwork as one of "The 100 Most Favourite Artworks of the Year". In 2013 the Beijing magazine National Arts awarded her the "Golden Star Prize". She currently lives and works in Beijing and Wuxi.

Alisan Fine Arts had a solo exhibition for her in 2016 and the group shows Beyond the Jade Terrace (2014) and HOPE (2018). Her work has been recently acquired by a trustee of the New Hall Art Collection, a collection of modern and contemporary art by women artists, to be placed on loan at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK. She has exhibited at the University of Edinburgh Library, UK; Galerie 99, Germany; China Cultural Centre, Tokyo, Japan; International Art Centre, Jeju, South Korea; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; College of Fine Art Nanjing Art Institute, Nanjing, China. 



1982   Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, grew up in an artistic family

2006   Graduated from Design Department, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi’an, China, studied animation

Advanced studies at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia and the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Currently   Lives and works in Beijing and Wuxi, China


  • Neo-Orientation: Wang Mengsha Solo Exhibition, Space Station, Beijing, China
  • Suspension: Wang Mengsha Solo Exhibition, Triumph Gallery, Beijing, China
  • Early Summer, Aura Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Mind upon Paper, Mycenae Gallery, Moganshan Art Zone, Shanghai, China
  • Dreaming Butterfly, Aura Gallery, Beijing, China
  • New Ink Painting by Wang Mengsha, Galerie 99, Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • Fleeting Years, EPSON Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing, China




  • 1st Taipei Dangdai, Alisan Fine Arts, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Art 021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2018, Alisan Fine Arts, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

  • Annual Review of China Contemporary Ink Painting, Ucity Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
  • Reproduce Soliloquize: Female Artist Invitation Exhibition, Qingdao, China
  • Regne Animal, Gallery 1618, Paris, France
  • Travel Notes, Space Station, Beijing, China
  • Literati Painting From Six Artists: 15th Anniversary of Soka Art Beijing, Soka Art Centre, Beijing, China
  • New Tales of Ink, Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China
  • The Power of Attention: Ink Painting Works of Young Artists,Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Artificial Fairyland: Chinese and South Korean Young Art Exhibition, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China
  • Post-tradition and Its Origins, UCCA Store, Beijing, China
  • Art Space vs Open Borders, Germany & China: International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Museum of Nanjing University of Art, Nanjing, China
  • Bifurcation, Soka Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Beyond the Jade Terrace, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
  • Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
  • The Power of Concern, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • She: The Era, Times Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Dress Right! Group Exhibition of Woman Artists, Triumph Art Space, Beijing, China
  • The Taste of Life, Soka Art Centre, Beijing, China
  • New Formation of Academy, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • New Ink New Youth, New Ink Image Gallery, Beijing, China
  • Dream to be Disappeared: Invitational Exhibition of New Ink Paintings by Young Artists, Shinkong Place, Beijing, China
  • What We Think Can Be Told to the Others: Ink Painting Exhibition, Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
  • Mind upon Paper: Painting & Calligraphy by Shi Xu, Fan Yang, Wang Mengsha, Zhongshan Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
  • Theory by Zhuangzi: Nomination Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Young Artists, China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China          
  • Chinese Opera Characters Painting Exhibition, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Vision China: Edinburgh Chinese Ink Painting Exhibition, University of Edinburgh Library, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Crisscrossed Ink Painting: Shanghai New Ink Art Exhibition 2012, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  • 1st Station of Vision China, Asia Travelling Exhibition: Chinese New Ink Paintings, Tokyo Chinese Cultural Centre, Tokyo, Japan
  • New Formation of Academy: New Works by Contemporary Chinese Famous Painters, Keyuan Museum, Dongguan, China
  • Jeju International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jeju International Art Centre, Jeju, South Korea
  • New Formation of Academy, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • Meticulous Painting Exhibition by Chinese Young Artists, Bank of China Art Space, Beijing, China
  • Brush and Ink, Noble Mind: Nomination Exhibition of Chinese Painters of the New Generation, Shanxi Art Museum, Xi’an, China
  • Exhibition of Laureates of International Chinese Young Artists, Times Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • Group Exhibition of China’s 10 Young Artists Most Deserving of Immediate Media Attention, Chinese Painting Magazine Art Space, Beijing, China


2009   Selected as one of China’s 10 Young Artists Most Deserving of Immediate Media Attention, Chinese Painting Magazine, Beijing, China

Awarded The Most Outstanding Young Artists in China

Selected to participate in the International Young Artists Festival, China
2011   Selected as one of The 100 Most Favourite Artworks of the Year, Bazaar Art, China
2013   Golden Star Prize, National Arts Magazine, Beijing, China
2018   Nominated China Young Artist Award, Beijing, China

New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK

2014 Beyond the Jade Terrace, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
2011 Illusion: Wang Mengsha, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China