Born in 1960 in Beijing, China.
Today, Wang is one of China’s most respected video artists. Wang made his first video, « The Brooklyn Sky »(1995) as part of an installation he set up inside his Beijing courtyard home. Playing on an American saying that if you dig deep enough you will reach China, the piece expressed Wang’s nostalgia for Brooklyn, but also suggested a new exchange of information between China and the West. While Zhang Peili was the earliest pioneer of video art in China, Wang was instrumental in advancing the movement in China. « Wang Gongxin brought two things to Chinese contemporary art, » says Pi Li, renowned Beijing-based art critic. « The first is that he emphasized technique. And the second thing he brought was a logical method for bringing a concept into reality. »