Born in 1949 near Beijing, Wang Keping lives and works in Paris (France).
From this year on, Wang Keping entirely dedicated himself to sculpture, with wood as his signature medium. Over the course of more than four decades, he developed his own uncompromising and sharp artistic language, as reflected by his international career. In 2015, France, his adoptive country, rewarded Wang Keping's work by naming him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Wang Keping started exhibiting at the Paris-based Galerie Zürcher in 1985, which represented the artist until the death of its founder Bernard Zürcher in January 2017. He has also been represented by the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong-Kong for more than fifteen years. In January 2018, Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels will hold Wang Keping's first exhibition in Belgium.
In the course of his career, Wang Keping has enjoyed many great museum monographic shows in France and abroad. In 1989, the Asia University Museum of Modern Art of Taichung (Taiwan) organized his first solo show, followed by the Chinese Modern Art Center of Osaka (Japan) in 1990 ; the Aidekman Art Center of Boston (USA) in 1993 ; the Museum für Kunsthandwerk of Frankfurt (Germany) in 1994 ; the HKUST Center for Arts of Hong Kong (China) and the He Xiangning Art Museum of Shenzhen (China) in 1996, the Asian Art of Nice (France) in 2008 ; the Zadkine Museum of Paris (France) in 2010 ; and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts (UCCA) of Beijing (China) in 2013.
Wang Keping was also invited to take part in numerous major group shows, among which several shed light on the importance of his work within the history of modern and contemporary Chinese art, such as Painting the Chinese dream, Chinese Art 30 years after the Revolution at the Brooklyn Museum (USA) in 1983 ; Les Étoiles 10 ans at the Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière Chapel in Paris (France) in 1990 ; Face à l'Histoire at the Pompidou Center of Paris (France) in 1996 ; Vision 2000, Chinesische Gemälde un Skulpturen der Gegenwart at the Linden Museum of Stuttgart (Germany) in 1998 ; At the new century. 1979-1999 China Contemporary Art Works at the Modern Art Museum of Chengdu (China) in 1999 ; Modern Chinese Art, The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection at the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford (UK) in 2001 ; Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Samlung Sigg at the Kunstmuseum of Bern (Switzerland) in 2005 ; China Onward, The Estella Collection, Chinese Contemporary Art 1996-2006 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art of Copenhagen (Denmark) in 2007 ; Origin Point, The Stars 30 years at the Today Art Museum of Beijing (China) in 2008, as well as China Gold, Art contemporain chinois at the Musée Maillol of Paris (France) ; Blooming in the Shadows, Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 at the China Institute of New York (USA) in 2011, and Artistes Chinois à Paris at the Cernuschi Museum of Paris (France) ; Light before Dawn, Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985 at the Asia Society of Hong-Kong (China) in 2013 ; and, more recently, An/other avant-garde, China-Japan-Korea at the Busan Biennale (South Korea) in 2016, along with M+ Sigg Collection. Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art at M+, Hong-Kong museum for visual culture (China). In 2016, Wang Keping was invited to exhibit his monumental sculptures at the Centre for Arts and Nature of Chaumont- sur-Loire (France). In November 2017, he also took part in the inaugural exhibition of the Powerlong Art Museum of Shanghai (China). ; in 2018, he participated at the exhibition Turning Point - 40 years of Chinese Contemporary Art at the Long Museum of Shanghai (China) ; and recently, in 2019, his works are shown in The Naked form in Modern Chinese Art in the Ashmolean Museum d'Oxford (UK).
Wang Keping's works are featured in a great number of public and private international collections such as the Pompidou Center and the Cernuschi Museum (Paris), the Centre d'Art et de Nature du Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, the Château de la Celle-Saint-Cloud (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the collections of the City of Paris as well as those of the Département de Seine-Saint-Denis in France ; the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), in the UK ; the Aidekman Art Center (Boston), in the USA ; the M+ Museum (Hong-Kong) and the He Xiangning Art Museum (Shenzhen), in China ; the Museum of Modern Art (Taichung), in Taiwan ; the Museum of Asian Contemporary Art (Osaka), in Japan ; and the Olympic Sculpture Park (Seoul), in South Korea. In 2016, twenty-seven years after the Pompidou Center exhibited Silence, Wang Keping's work Etreinte entered the museum collections thanks to the generosity of the International Circle of the museum's friends society.
Wang Keping has been represented by la Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels, since 2017.