Wang Qingsong (1966) is a contemporary Chinese artist famous for his large-format photographs addressing the rapidly changing society of China. His photographs, appearing at first humorous and ironic, have a much deeper message, critiquing the proliferation of Western consumerism in China.
“I think it is very meaningless if an artist only creates art for art's sake,” he said. “I think it would be absurd for an artist to ignore what's going on in society.”
An artistic trademark of his work is a link to Chinese Pop Art of the nineteen eighties: the depiction of brand names within a loud and bold imagery captures a fast-changing environment in gaudy fashion. The artist’s works have been in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Wang currently lives and works in Beijing, China.