Weiyang Gao

Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Painting and Drawing

Wei is a Chinese artist based in Chicago right now. Wei’s paintings blur the categories of figuration and abstraction. Within them, he utilizes themes of pattern, space, and light in relation to the human body to discuss and critique the constructions of systems of belief. Being an artist with a multi-cultural background, he has insight into the many ways people have used and abused culture and history to create barriers within the broader spectrum of humanity. His work stands as an opposition to such division. Within his paintings, he builds imagery of sacred spaces, devoid of specific religious or spiritual demarcations, in order to allow all audiences a place for spiritual and meditative contemplation.