Wang Chunguang, sobriquet “Xiao Wu” was born in 1963 in Jingzhou, Liaoning Province. After studying inside painting from Master Wang Xisan in 1979, Mr. Wang developed a reputation for his versatility in painting different subjects and themes. His perfection of the “dry and cracked” brush technique is a milestone of inside painting art.
He is a Master of Art (Hebei Province), a member of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, and an active member of the Chinese Snuff Bottle Research Institute. Many of his artworks are catalogued in inside painting literature, including Famous Figures of Chinese Calligraphy and Art, An Insight into Chinese Inside Painting, Encyclopedia of Modern Sino-Japanese Art, Dictionary of Chinese Professionals, China Masters Database, Renowned Chinese People of the World, and Three Inside Painting Artists.
- In 1996, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization awarded him the title “Chinese Folk Artist.”
- In 1998, he received the title “Master of Art” (Hebei Province)
- In 2003, the Hebei Light Industries Association elected him as provincial master of art.
- In 2005, he patented his design of the cuboid snuff bottle.
- In 2009, the Hebei People’s Government proclaimed him as a First Class Artist of Hebei Province.
- In 1988, he attended the Canadian Arts Expo in Vancouver. In 1996, he demonstrated the “dry and cracked” brush technique to illustrate portraits of famous Chinese revolutionaries, including Sun Zhongsan, Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, and Zhu De.
- In 1997, he conducted an exhibition of his works in Tokyo.
- In 2001, he conducted an exhibition of his works at China Arts and Crafts Ltd. in Hong Kong.
- In 2005, his works were sold in the “2005 Spring China Arts and Crafts Auction.”
- In 2006, he attended the annual exhibition organized by the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society in Beijing.
- In 2008, he conducted an exhibition of his works at Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore.
- In 1985, his work “The Yang Sisters On Spring Vacation” was awarded First Prize in the “Xiwang Cup” by the Chinese Light Industries Association.
- In 1988, his work “A Hundred Cranes” received the First Prize in the Imperial Arts Exhibition, organized by the Confucius Museum in Qufu.
- In 2004, his painting received the silver award in the 5th Masterpieces of China Exhibition/International Fine Art Fair.
- In 2008, he was nominated as a cultural ambassador in the “1st Chinese Masterpieces Excellence Awards” by the Chinese Intellectual Property Rights Authority.
- In 2010, his work “Emperor Puyi and Wang Rong” was awarded the silver award in the first round of the “National Master Artist of China” elections.
- In 2011, his painting was awarded the “Baihua Award” by the Chinese Light Industries Association and the China Arts Association.