Walasse Ting

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A Chinese-American visual artist and poet, Walasse Ting was born on this day, 13 October, in 1929. His colorful paintings have attracted critical admiration and a popular following. Common subjects include nude women and cats, birds and other animals.


He was born in Shanghai and though largely self-taught, briefly attended the Art Academy in the city. He left China in 1946 and lived for a while in Hong Kong, then settled in Paris in 1952. There, he made the acquaintance of members of the avant-garde group, CoBrA, namely Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, and Pierre Alechinsky. In 1957, he moved to the United States, and settled in New York where his work was influenced by pop art and abstract expressionism. He began primarily as an abstract artist, but the bulk of his work since the mid- 1970s has been described as popular figuratism, with broad areas of color painted with a Chinese brush and acrylic paint.


His works are found in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, among others.


Walasse Ting died on 17 May 2010.