In the Dec.Born in the City of Lanzhou, Gansu Prov.
Recommended by his school teacher of fine arts, Wang Tongren got to know Huang Zhou, the famous painter, then often tried sketches with the master in Lanzhou.
Admitted by the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Wang Tongren became a student in the Dept. of Chinese Painting.
Led by Li Keran and Li Kuchan, two of his professors, Wang Tongren visited Qi Baishi, the great master of Chinese painting.
In the June.Ent to observe and experience life in Menglianggu, an old revolutionary base, Shandong Prov.
Copied the fresco in the Temple of Yongle, Shanxi Prov.
Created two pictures Autumn Harvest and A Flock of Sheep in the People’s Commune, published on the front and back covers of the Journal Popular Fine Arts; created A Picture of Transporting Manure and published on New Observation (a journal) and the People’s Daily, the original is kept by Shenyang Museum; In Sept. went to Anhui Prov. to copy the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom’s A Picture of Attacking the City, for the Museum of Chinese History.
Went to Mogao Grotto in Dunhuang, Maijishan Hill in Tianshui, Gansu Prov., Longmen Grotto, Datong Grotto successively to copy and study; listened to the introductions on traditional arts given by Chang Shuhong, Dong Xiwen, Xu Xingzhi and others.
Created The Song of the Youth, exhibited in the Show of Works by the Graduates of the CAFA, Wang’s other exhibits were The Misery of Fishermen, A Portrait of Xing Yanzi, A Lotus Pool, Myna, etc.; after graduation, he started teaching in the Middle School attached to the Academy.
Created In the Thick of the Spring, shown at Beijing Exhibition of Fine Arts, then printed and included in Selections of Modern Figures published by the People’s Fine Arts Publishing House.
Went to Nanjing and Suzhou successively, to paint from nature. In Nanjing, Wang lived at Fu Baoshi’s home, listening to the great master’s teaching many times. In Hangzhou, Wang visited Pan Tianshou, a noted prof. of fine arts, and Gai Jiaotian, a famous Beijing Opera actor. In April, Wang went to Taihang Mountainous Area, Hebei Prov. to observe and experience life there. In June, Wang went to Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Prov. to study Tibetan local conditions and customs, religion and way of life.
Created The Army and the People on the Highland Are Inseparable as Fish and Water, shown at the Exhibition of New Year Pictures and Engraved Pictures in Northern China Area, and published as a poster by the People’s Fine Arts Publishing House; the original is kept by National Art Museum of China.
Created Long Live the Victory of the People’s War, shown at the Exhibition of Fine Arts in Beijing and published by Beijing Publishing House, Wang attended the Forum on New Year Pictures and Engraved Pictures in Northern China Area.
Created Jiao Yulu and His Daughter, Jiao Yulu Teaches Young People, the Power of a Fine Example, etc. displayed in the Museum of Zhengzhou and filmed into the Movie Jiao Yulu. In Oct. Wang went to Yan’an, Wuhan, Changsha and other places for inspection.
Created the huge oil painting The East is Red, shown at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts, and selected to be exhibited in Albania, also published on People’s Pictorial, CAAC’s Year Calendar, used as the cover of a phonogram; its replicas were shown in the squares of the Guangzhou Export Commodities Fair, Beijing Railway Station, Beijing Underground Railway, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Lanzhou, etc. and became very popular.
Created The East is Red and other works for the second time to be exhibited in Albania, Mali and some other countries. Wang was received by Premier Zhou Enlai.
Created The Table-Tennis Circles in Full Blossom Seems to Be Ever-Existing Spring, shown at The Exhibition of China Reconstructs Achievements, the first exhibition after the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.
Switched to teach in the Dept. of Chinese Painting, CAFA, teaching sketches in various ways.
Went to Tayuan, Beijing, to teach farmers how to paint.
Went to Beijing Auto Plant to hold a workshop on fine arts.
Went to the road of the Long March and sketched on the way through Lazikou, Wangzang, Diebu, Luqu, etc. He drew a lot of portraits of model workers and herdsmen.
Created The Silver Canal in Shaoshan Reflects the Morning Sun, published as a poster in Gansu Prov.. In July, went to Xiahe, Ganjia, Langmu, etc. to sketch.
Created A Herdsman, selected and included in A Collection of Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings, published in Hong Kong. In Aug., Wang was invited to attend the Nadamu Festival in Inner-Mongolia, together with Ding Jingwen, Liu Boshu, Lu Chen, Cheng Shifa, Chen Yifei and others. In Oct., he was invited by the Friendship Hotel, Beijing，together with Li Kuchan, Bai Xueshi, Liu Jiyou, Lu Guangzhao, Cui Zifan, A Lao, etc. to paint there for two months.
Wang’s A Picture of a Hundred Oxen was shown at the Exhibition of Fine Arts in the Celebration of the 30th National Day, in their inscriptions, Li Kuchan and Liu Lingcang compared it to a famous ancient painting A Picture of Five Oxen by Han Huang in the Tang Dynasty, and Zhao Puchu also wrote down his thoughts and feelings after enjoying the picture. Wang, together with Jin Shangyi, Qian Shaowu and Yao Youduo, held a joint exhibition of the four painters’ sketches in Taoranting Park, Beijing.
In the March.Jiang Zhaohe wrote an article for Chinese Youth Daily, praising ‘‘Wang Tongren is a young painter of accomplishment”. Wang created A Picture of Herding Cattle, as an exhibit for The Joint Exhibition of Beijing Wash and Ink, held in Tokyo. In Aug., Wang went to Yunnan Prov. and created After a Tour in the Marble Forest, praised by Lu Yanshao, Bai Xueshi, Lu Guangzhao, Huang Jun, Qin Lingyun in their personal inscriptions. Wang’s works A Tibetan Girl, Plum Blossom, Herding in Autumn were shown at the Exhibition of Teachers’ Works of CAFA.
Wang’s works The Moon Night, After a Tour in the Marble Forest, A Picture of a Hundred Oxen were shown at the Exhibition of CAFA Teachers’ Works held in Hong Kong. The Moon Night is kept by the Chinese Painting Academy and included into the album published by the Academy.
In the July.Went to Gannan Tibetan Area to sketch, and studied figure painting by wash and ink.
In the July.Invited by the local Bureau of Culture to hold a workshop on fine arts, where artists from all over the counties in the Prefecture gathered together and went into the grassland to create. Wang participated in the Exhibition for the 30th Anniversary of the Autonomous Prefecture. In Aug. Wang’s sketch works were on display in the local exhibition hall. In Sept., Wang went to Yili, Turufan and other places in Xinjiang to inspect the old cultural cities in the Western Regions of China, and created In the Shade of the Trees and An Old Uygur Man, etc..
In the Feb.The English edition of The People’s China published an interview and story about Wang Tongren. In April, Wang went to the United States to take part in the World Expo 1984, where his 50 pieces of works were exhibited; Autumn Harvest is kept by the Art Museum of New Orleans. VOA gave Wang an interview.
Created Folk Dance, shown in the 2nd Tokyo-Beijing Joint Exhibition of Ink and Wash.
In the July.The Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Paintings was held in Lanzhou. Wang Shitai and Huang Luobin, members of the Central Consultative Committee, CCP, wrote the following words for encouragement ‘People’s painter, the pride of Gansu” and ‘‘Skillful brushwork, deep feeling for the hometown”. Lanzhou TV Station made a documentary film of An Ox in the Painting Circles-Wang Tongren, the Painter. In Nov., the Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Works was held in the gallery of CAFA.
In the June.Invited to sketch and inspect in Linxia, Xiahe, Hezuo, Luqu, Gongba, Langmu Temple, Maiji Hill in Tianshui, Gansu Prov..
A Collection of Wang Tongren’s Paintings was published by Rongbaozhai. From Aug. to Oct. joined the Silk Road Inspection Team organized by the Chinese Artists Association and went to the northwest, as far as the both sides of Tianshan Mountains, Grassland of Gobi, and to the border areas between China and the USSR and China and Pakistan. Created A Picture of the 12 Symbolic Animals for 12 Years in a Cycle, which was printed as a post-card by Gansu Post Office.
Created Continuous Rain in Autumn, an ink and wash, for the 23rd Monte Carlo International Art Exhibition held in Morocco. His A Picture of Opening Up Virgin Soil and Herding on the Highland, etc. were shown at the Exhibition of Chinese Celebrities’ Works,Tokyo, Japan.
The Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Ink and Wash was held in Taiwan, Artists (a journal) there published an article to introduce Wang.
Wang was appointed as the chief of the Section of Figure Drawing, Dept. of Chinese Painting, CAFA. Wang’s book Figure Drawing Skills was published by Chinese Correspondence University of Calligraphy and Painting. In May, joined Mr. Ye Qianyu in the professor and students group to sketch in Tonglu, Hangzhou, Qiandaohu Lake, Fuchun River and other places, and exchanged skills with the local artists. In July, Wang concentrated in the study of figure drawing by burned ink. He created Mountainous People, A Girl Herdsman in Maqu, A Scholar, for the Exhibition of Works by Ye Qianyu and His Students.
Wang’s The Rising Morning Sun over the Horizon, a figure painting by burned ink, was shown at the exhibition of 20th Century works, CAFA, the original is kept by National Art Museum of China. Wang’s A Tajik by burned ink was shown at the Invitation Exhibition of Figure Drawing by the Academy of Chinese Painting and he attended the forum. Wang’s A U.S. Woman was shown at the Exhibition in Yan-Huang Art Museum. Wang’s A Long Way was shown at the Exhibition of Fine Chinese Paintings. Wang’s Walking in the Moon Light, A Majestic Eagle over the Grassland, Dawn on the Highland, The Bright Moon Comes to Bid Farewell with Affection, In the Shade of the trees,etc. were shown at the Exhibition of Chinese Paintings by Teachers in CAFA, Hong Kong. In Sept. Wang Tongren’s Sketches, as one in the series of celebrities was Published by Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. Wang’s Guid-nce Sketches for the Entrance-Exam into Colleges of Fine Arts and Sketches by Line Drawing for the Entrance-Exam into Colleges of Fine Arts were published by Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House. Wang was appointed as member of art committee in Yan-Huang Art Museum. In Nov., Wang went to Tokyo, Japan, gave lectures for 3 months, then inspected, lectured and conducted academic exchanges in Yokohama, Kyoto, Nara.
The Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Works on the Silk Road was held in Osaka, Japan. Wang was invited to be a judge on the review committee at the National Grand Prix Competition of Calligraphy and Painting, held by Xinhua News Agency and a member of the council of the Artists Association attached to the Ministry of Culture. In Sept., Wang was invited to attend the celebration activities for the 40th anniversary of the founding of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and inspected in Zecha, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, and other places.
New Evening in Hong Kong introduced Wang’s works on the Silk Road in a whole page and published eleven pieces of his works. In May, Wang went to sketch in Xishuang Banna and the Marble Forest. In June, he was invited to attend the Chinese Art Festival. In Oct., Chinese Art published an article The Art Creation of Wang Tongren, the Painter and six of his works. An Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Paintings was held in Kyoto, Japan. In Nov. Wang was enlisted in World’s Celebrities by Cambridge, U.K. and also by ABI, the U.S.A.
In the Jan.The Gallery of New Daily, Hong Kong, published Mr. Liu Kaiqu’s article Wang Tongren’s Sketch, Free and Restricted, together with six pieces of Wang’s sketches. In April, the column published another article What Is Wang Tongren Seeking for? together with nine of his figure paintings by ink and wash; In Aug. the column published ten of his animal paintings by ink and wash. Walking in the Moon Light was selected into an album of paintings Affections by Chinese Painting published by the Dept. of United Front, Central Committee, CCP, as well as Chinese Painting, Vol.of Figures, The Complete Works of Modern Chinese Fine Arts published by the People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. In Sept., Wang went on an inspection tour in France, the Vatican, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, London, going in for academic exchanges for half a year. And Wang created a number of ink and wash works with new idea and new materials. In Dec., the Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Paintings was held in the International Art City, Paris.
In the Jan.Seven of Wang’s books on skills of drawing animals, such as How to Draw Sheep, How to Draw Ox, How to Draw Horses etc. were published by the Publishing House of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. In June, eight of Wang’s pieces in the animal series were shown at the Exhibition of Paintings by Ye Qianyu and His Students, held by Qingdao City Museum. Wang’s Bring a Painted Dragon to Life by Putting in the Pupils of Its Eyes was shown at an exhibition of modern celebrities’ originals of calligraphy and paintings. In Oct. Wang created An Ox Telling Spring’s Coming, which was printed on the first day cover made of Chinese paper and used as a gift for the excellent exhibits of post fields by Beijing Postage Stamp Company. Wang’s A Picture of Feeding the Baby, Dawn at Maqu, Herding Oxen were made into the special topic movie Drawing Oxen in the Year of Ox, which was shown in the programme Welcome the Spring Everywhere during the Spring Festival by CCTV. In Dec. ABI, USA nominated Wang as a candidate for the award of Life Success.
In the April.Gansu Pictorial published an article Wang Tongren, Walking from Loess Plateau to the Top of World’s Painting Circles and a number of Wang’s ink and wash works painted in France. In May, China Aviation published an article An Ox in the Painting Circles-Wang Tongren. In June, Wang created Auspicious in the Year of Ox on a porcelain plate, which was shown at the Grand Exhibition of Porcelain Drawings by a Hundred Artists for Hong Kong’s Returning to China in 1997.
In the Feb.Went to Japan to lecture in a Japanese School of Fine Arts and was responsible for the certification of Chinese painting degree for the graduates. An exhibition of Wang’s paintings was held in Tokyo. In March, Wang visited some famous Japanese painters. In June, Wang was appointed as the deputy head of the Art Committee, Yan-Huang Art Museum. Wang’s Soar was shown at the Exhibition of Celebrities’ Calligraphy and Paintings for the Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return. In Sept., the Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Paintings was held in National Art Museum of China. Beijing TV Station put on two special topic movies Wang Tongren, the Painter and His Chinese Painting Is as Wonderful as Mystery, introducing Wang and his art of painting. Wang’s exhibition and commentaries by experts were widely reported by People’s Daily (Overseas Edition), China Daily, Guangming Daily, Chinese Youth Daily and other tens of newspapers and magazines. In Oct., Wang was invited to attend a forum of famous calligraphers and painters held by World Expo in Kunming, Yunnan Prov. and also invited to draw a picture Nine Oxen Dashing Ahead for the meeting hall in the Foreign Ministry.
In the Jan.Study of Fine Arts published commentator Chun Shui’s article The True Feeling Expressed in Simple Lines-Reading of Wang Tongren’s Chinese Painting. In March, Civil Aviation published Prof. Wang Yuliang’s article Painting Must Come out of the Heart-the Purpose of the Famous Chinese Painter Wang Tongren’s Creation. In June, Xinhua Aviation published Prof. Wang Baokang’s article The Thick Accumulation Brings about New Blossom-After Visiting the Exhibition of Prof. Wang Tongren’s Paintings. In July, Wang’s work Ride the Clouds in the Clear Void was shown at the Exhibition of Celebrities’ Calligraphy and Paintings held by the Ministry of Culture. The Invitation Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Ink and Wash was held in his hometown Lanzhou, and Wang went to Gannan, to collect folk customs in Sangke Grassland. Wang wrote these articles: The Metal-like Lines Casting Deep Feelings, In Memory of My Teacher Huang Zhou, The Master’s Soul Inspires the Successor-In Memory of Mr. Lu Guangzhao, Keeps a Young Heart at the Advanced Years-Something about Mr. Liu Kui, Chairman of the Artists Association in Gannan. Wang published VCD of The Skill and Appreciation of Figure Painting and The Skill and Appreciation of Animals by Ink and Wash.
Invited by the Gansu Artists Association, Wang held the Exhibition of ‘‘Returning Home” Paintings by Wang Tongren and Wang Xinhai. A special topic documentary film Back to Hometown was made by the Gansu TV Station, and shown in the Programme Cultural Landscape. In the same year, Wang was appointed as member of the standing council of the Huangzhou Foundation for Fine Arts. His burned ink painting Bring a Painted Dragon to Life by Putting in the Pupils of Its Eyes was selected and included in the Exhibition of Chinese Art in 2000 and its Album as well.
Created a series of paintings inspired by Yuan Qu Music and Opera: A Cosy Nest, The Sun Setting Down Westwards, Oh, Come back Home, Wild Geese Flying Northwards, Expecting at Every Step, and calligraphic works At Leisure, Thoughts in Autumn, The Road of Zizhi (Purple Magic Fungus), Pleasure Everywhere, Warnings for Walking in the Hills, etc. which were made into telephone IC card issued throughout the country by Chinese Tele-Communication Company. In autumn, Wang went to Dunhuang, visited and studied the ancient art in Qianfodong, Mogao Grotto.
Attended Chinese Art Expo, Beijing. Enjoy Art, Hunan TV Station made a special topic film An Ox in the Painting Circles-Wang Tongren, the Painter. In autumn, Wang’s Exhibition of Paintings with the Theme of Auspicious Sheep was held in Beijing; In winter, Wang went to Shenzhen to hold another Exhibition with the same theme. Wang still worked hard to study the art of traditional Chinese painting and copied the famous artists’ works.
In summer, visited Japan as a member of the delegation of the Chinese Ministry of Culture and joined in the Exhibition of Chinese Cal ligraphy and Painting held by the Central Gallery, Tokyo. In Nov., Wang participated in the Joint Exhibition of Works by Famous Calligraphers and Painters on Both Sides of the Straight, and went together with painters from Taiwan to Wuyi Mountain to sketch.
Wang published a collection of works Splash Ink to the Universe. Wang’s calligraphy in seal character Great Harmony, The Wise Are Free from Doubts was selected into A Collection of Calligraphy by Famous Painters of All Times, published by Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. In July, The Fine Works of Famous Painters, Vol. of Wang Tongren was published and issued by Hebei Education Publishing House. In Aug., invited by Tianshui City Artists Association, Gansu, the Exhibition of Wang Tongren’s Paintings was held there. In Sept., invited by Maqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Wang attended the activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. In Dec. Wang went on an investigation tour to Egypt, visited Luxor Temple, Red See, Cairo and other places of historic interest, and gained a more clear understanding of the cultural heritage of ancient Egypt. At the same time, he created works such as Travelers in Vast Desert, The Sand Looks like Snow on the Deserted Ancient Road, Fragrance in the Clear Breath, The Boundless Desert.
In the Aug.Wang went to Yunnan Prov. to tour in Kunming, Diqing, Lijiang, Dali etc., tasting the rich folk culture and colourful life customs. Also in Aug., Orient Fine Arts No.50 edited by Centre of Orient Art, Hong Kong, made Wang Tongren as its cover figure and introduced his works. In Sept., Wang’s eight works including Son of the Nature, Walking on the Highland, Folk Dance of Japanese, Impression of West Sculpture were shown at the 2nd International Exhibition in Beijing, China, a bi-annual exhibition in series, and the Exhibition of Fine Works by Huang Zhou and His Students.
In the Jan.Wang held his exhibitions in Tangren Hall, Guangzhou and the City of Dongguan, respectively. In Aug., Wang was invited to attend the China’s International Art Fair. In Sept., Wang’s five pieces of works, including A Picture of Li Bai Reciting Poems, Green Pine and Cypress, A French Scholar, Dash Ahead Together, were shown at the Exhibition of Works by the Art Committee, Yan-Huang Art Museum. In Oct., Wang was invited to attend the China’s International Art Fair., Beijing, and exhibited thirty eight of his works. In Dec., Wang edited A Collection of Wang Tongren’s Calligraphic Works for the Series of Famous Contemporary Calligraphers’ Works.
In the Jul.Wang Tongren won the title of ‘‘Top 10 Most Influential Artists” in the 10th Beijing International Art Expo.