Kwan Wu began his scupture education at the leading school of sculpture in China in 1973. He was one of only eight students admitted at the time. After graduation, Mr. Wu was one of only two students chosen for the master’s program by chinese National Sculptor, Pan Ho. He later became a professor at the Art Institute of Canton and a leading sculptor in southern China.
During the 1980s, Mr. Wu produced many public sculptures throughout China. As the protege of Mr. Wu was being groomed to eventually assume his role. As part of this training, he was sent to the United States in 1988 as a delegate to the International Sculpture Association Conference in Washington D.C. The intent of the visit was to broaden his experience and expose him to Western art and culture. In mid 1989, the political situation in China made it impossible for him to return to his home country. The next several years required that he rebuild his life and career in the U.S. These years were difficult ones for the artist, but eventually, his extraordinary talent was recognized and he began receiving commissions for public art.
The Bill of Rights, a 14-foot bronze monument at the Federal Courthouse in Kansas City was one of his first. Since then, Mr. Wu has received other commissions like the twelve life-sized bronze baseball players for the National Negro League Baseball museum; the nine-foot statue of Phog Allen at the University of Kansas; a life-sized sculpture of George Brett at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City; and the Children of the Trails memorial in the Johnson County Courthouse Square in Olathe, Kansas.
A bronze model of his work, Lewis the Naturalist, in honor of the botanical work of the Lewis and Clark expedition, has been on display in the White House and is permanently on display in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. The beauty and exquisite quality of his work is highly recognized and sought after throughout the U.S.
Mr. Wu brings equal power to figure, wildlife, and animal. The range and quality of his work sets him apart form some of the finest sculptors of our day. Although most widely recognized as a sculptor, Mr. Wu also is an accomplished painter whose unique style and color palette has caugth the attention of collectors worldwide.
Mr. Wu is represented by SouthWind Gallery, Topeka Kansas