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Wang, Choa-fang was born in 1932 in Hangchow, Chechiang province,China. He graduated in 1956 from the architecture school of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, and obtained a master degree in 1966 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA. While working as a fulltime architect, he still dedicate him self for diverse art creation and consider it his passion. Wangs architectural achievements are celebrated at Taiwan and abroad. He worked over ten years in the United States; his practice includes participating in the Peter Pan Graham Hospital of Harvard University, the Health Science Center of New York University (NYU), the Central Plaza in Los Angles, the Detroit Stadium , and honorably, one of the four other chef designers in the World Trade Center of New York City. Upon his return to Taiwan at 1974 as invited as a visiting professor at NCKU, Wang won the main competition of Chiang Kai-Shek CuIture Center in the late 70s. He reopened C. F. Wang Architect Associates in early 80s. Other main projects includes the Chun Chung Stadium and Gymnasium in Kaohsiung City, the School of Agriculture and Engineering buildings of National Taiwan University, the Shan Tao temple in Taipei City, the Council of Agriculture building, etc. Wang has a marvelous reputation in his profession for being free of graft. He creates with his single-mindedness, and gives full rein to his imagination.

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Each new design has a distinct character. Each work represents the self interpretation and expression of his knowledge, inspiration and character, uninfluenced of any school or master.Wang loves creativity and novelty. His unassuming character led to friends calling him in the "mischievous old man" or "playfulness old man", a character from the most famous kung-fu novel by Gin Young. Wang was not in least offended. He said: "I am a hands-on man. I execute my own designs and plans. I even designed the wedding rings for my wife and myself, right down to the choice of stones. A sensible and humorous person, Wang's adrenaline flow rises in the face of artistic creation. Nothing in art is impossible. Every day, he unleashes his creativity on different media evolving the unexpected and the unimaginable, and surprising the viewers with wondrous delights.Wang said: "My art and architecture have one common pursuit: to develop an universal outlook free from gravitational pull.\ Thus, he creates as he pleases. He breaks conventions by using Styrofoam instead of canvas and paints with mixed media of oil, acrylic, watercolor and wax.The final product is resplendent, fluid and tactile; the effect, psychedelic and profound. The boundless expanse of the universe so represented conjures a myriad of mystical images.

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In his work, Wang integrates the metaphysics of Xuan theosophy and a universal outlook with the latest technology in computer, laser, astronomy, physics, chemistry and mechanics. Such elaboration produces in each work its unique and experimental features. The artist's urge to experiment fuels endlessly his creative energy. Wang loves calligraphy. However, the limited flow of ink from the brush often prevents him from completing a line in one stroke. That prompted him to make calligraphy an "alternative linear art". Using the milk bottle as storage, he is able to paint at will with a continuous flow of ink, thus breaking the confines of traditional calligraphy. The ceaseless of ink yield joyful sweeps. Wang likes seal carving, too. But all too often, he was disturbed by how inexact stamping a seal can be. Therefore, he invented seals with characters legible from four directions or different angles. Yet another mischievous creation! Wang's art forms have been described by some as indefinable. Such is the characteristic of his creations. His work develops boundless expanse for artistic creativity and offers young artists the inspiration and possibilities of possibility in artistic creation.

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