As a person of Asian origin living in Western society, Yida Wang’s work examines cultural influences and transformations that relate to the cross-pollination and disjunction of her bi-cultural existence. The scope of her practices across several areas from representational approaches to conceptual and philosophic explorations; the technical investigations expand from traditional mediums to various non-traditional applications and substrates, and the visual presentations include two dimensional drawings and paintings along with three dimensional installations and videos.
Yida Wang’s work is represented in collections both locally and internationally and she has exhibited extensively at national and international venues. Her solos exhibitions include Shanghai Art Museum, Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art. She had participated in group exhibitions at MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai Xu Hui Art Museum, Creek Art Gallery, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Lakeview Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art and Hawaii State Art Museum.
Her works are featured in professional magazines and publications including NEWVISION (Hebei Fine Art Publishing House, China, 2013), Yida Wang: Mindscape (Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, China, 2012), Deep Breath: 19 Samples of Chinese Contemporary Female Artists (Shanghai Calligraphy and Painting Publishing House, China, 2008), American Artist DRAWING (Interweave Press, America, 2006), Yida Wang: Distance and Dislocation (Shanghai Art Museum, China, 2006), Artist (Artist Press, Taiwan, 2006), ARTWeek (California, America, 2000).
In view of her creativity and teaching achievements, Yida Wang is the recipient of the Recognition Award, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, HI (2008); Individual Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, HI (2006); The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation in Visual Art Award, CA(2002); The Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, Honolulu Museum of Art, HI(2001); The Baciu Visual Art Award, Honolulu Museum of Art, HI(2000); The France Davis Award for Excellent in Teaching, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI(2007).
Yida Wang, originally from Shanghai, China, received her MFA in drawing and painting from University of Hawaii at Manoa 1994. After having taught as an art Professor for 20 years at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, in 2014 Yida Wang returns to her studio practice full time in her respective Hawai’i and Shanghai studios.