Wai Pong-yu (born 1982, Hainan) moved to Hong Kong with his family at the age of two. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006. Wai has developed his oeuvre of ink art from ballpoint pen on paper, spinning the thread of his emotion and mind continuously as one line as it multiplies in rhizomatic manner. His subjects often relate to notions of the cosmos, time, and nature experienced across fields of juxtapositions and metaphysical forms.
Wai’s work has been collected internationally by public museums and institutions, including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford. His recent exhibitions include his collaborative project with Hung Fai, “Same Line Twice,” at Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong, 2017; “The Spirit of Ink: 12 Hong Kong Artists,” Sotheby’s Gallery, Hong Kong, 2013; “New Ink, An Exhibition of Ink Art by Post 1970 Artists from Yiqingzhai Collection” Sotheby’s Gallery, Hong Kong, 2013. Solo exhibitions include “Moment of Truth - The Synergy of Ink” (2013) and “Ceaseless Lines” (2009) both at Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong. His works have also been shown at Art Basel (2014-2019), Ink Asia (2015-2019), Fine Art Asia (2014-2017), Asia Week, New York (2015) and SCOPE, New York (2012, 2013).
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Hung Fai and Wai Pong-yu: Same Line TwiceJune 2, 2021Working simultaneously on the same sheet of xuan paper, the two artists unfold a prolonged visual dialog. Using a ruler, Hung traces parallel lines that stutter in dots; Wai draws fluent, freehand curves that coalesce into billowing waves. These two kinds of lines stage innumerable fleeting dramas of attraction and repulsion, alliance and antagonism. By turns they define and transgress territories, deface each other and interweave into new structures, creating a dense record of otherwise inarticulate nuances of human relationships.