Wang Shang (b. 1984, China) lives and works in Beijing. After graduating from Goldsmiths and Royal College of Art in London, he attended the course of the American Gemological Institute and became a certified gemologist. Since then, he has been simultaneously pursuing two careers, as an artist and a jeweler, both of which are rooted in his deep obsession with geology. While the conundrum of the age of Anthropocene has driven him to rethink technology and human culture’s place in natural history, his multi-ego practice is developed from his frustration with established cultural values and judgment in relation to natural reality. Wang Shang's multidisciplinary practice moves seamlessly between painting, sculpture and film. Most of his works are part of long-term on going projects stemmed from his engagement in other fields than contemporary art. His insistence on geological reference and the unique interplay of identities has become his strategy in reviewing cultural production, and its relation with nature.
He has had exhibitions at Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Art Basel Statement, Basel; Magician Space, Beijing; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen; Art Basel Position, Miami; Antenna Space, Shanghai; OCAT Anren, Anren, Sichuan.