Born in 1958 in Sichuan, China.
After receiving his master’s degree in oil painting at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts and developing a career as a painter, Wang shifted his practice to performance works, video installations, playwriting, and documentary filmmaking. He applies an anthropological method to his work through which he builds a visual inventory of Chinese urban society and its evolution. Wang’s documentaries are considered, skeptical reviews of microlocal phenomena, such as the increasingly brutal effects of contemporary urban development in Chinese metropolitan centers. In 1997, Wang was the first Chinese artist to participate in Documenta in Kassel, Germany.