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Wu, Kwan

Indian Delegation in Washington by Kwan Wu
Indian Delegation in Washington by Kwan Wu
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Mischievous by Kwan Wu
Mischievous by Kwan Wu

Cowboy with Gun by Kwan Wu
Cowboy with Gun by Kwan Wu

Conductor by Kwan Wu
Conductor by Kwan Wu

Just Like Daddy by Kwan Wu
Just Like Daddy by Kwan Wu

Kneeling Archer by Kwan Wu
Kneeling Archer by Kwan Wu

Tigers by Kwan Wu
Tigers by Kwan Wu

Old Cowboy by Kwan Wu
Old Cowboy by Kwan Wu

Old Cowboy with Pipe by Kwan Wu
Old Cowboy with Pipe by Kwan Wu

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Wu, Kwan

 

Kwan Wu is a leading Master sculptor and painter in both China and the U.S. In the Midwest, some of Kwan Wu’s most recognized sculptures include a nine-foot bronze of legendary coach, “Phog” Allen, at Allen Field house on the K.U. campus in Lawrence, Kansas; a life-size bronze of Kansas City Royals’ Hall of Fame inductee, George Brett at Kauffman Stadium; a five-foot bronze Wildcat located on the K-State’s campus in Manhattan; and his “All-Stars” sculptures, (12 life-size bronze busts) on permanent display at the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. In Topeka, Master Wu’s bronze bust sculpture of President Jerry Farley is on display at Washburn University, and a larger-than-life bronze sculpture graces the entrance of CoreFirst Bank, located at 37th and Wanamaker. 

In 2010, Kwan Wu was one of the major organizers of the China-U.S. 30-Year Anniversary Peace and Friendship Memorial Sculpture Project that placed three public sculptures in three U.S. cities and three sculptures in cities in China. The sculpture dedications celebrated the 30th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the U.S., instituted in 1979 by U.S. President Jimmy Carter and China’s Deng Xiaoping. The U.S. cities receiving the public sculptures this year included Newark, NJ, Atlanta, GA, and Topeka, Kansas. A dedication of the Topeka sculpture, Lantern Light, took place on the Washburn University campus in June 2010, with dignitaries from the Republic of China, the State of Kansas, and the City of Topeka in attendance. 

Also in 2010, the Chinese government celebrated the grand opening of the Kwan Wu Sculpture Exhibition Hall in Guangzhou, China, where over 70 pieces of Master Wu’s sculpture are displayed permanently in the 10,000 square-foot exhibit space. 

Kwan Wu has had his artwork exhibited at the White House and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.  In China, over 30 of Master Wu’s public sculptures can be seen throughout the country and, in 2007, he completed a monumental public sculpture in Beijing, China, commissioned by the Chinese government.

Master Wu began his art education in the leading school of sculpture in China, the Guangzhou Fine Art Institute, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Upon graduation, he became an art professor at the Art Institute of Canton. While still a master’s student, Kwan Wu was chosen to create a national memorial for the 1919 Chinese Civil War—a monumental piece that is 100-feet long and 20-feet high, featuring 135 figures. Completion of this project established him as a leading sculptor in China. In 1988, the Chinese government sent Master Wu to the U.S. as a delegate to theInternational Sculpture Association Conference in Washington, D.C.  During the next several years, he made the decision to rebuild his life and his career in the U.S. and soon brought his wife and son to join him. Master Wu has lived and worked in the Kansas City area for many years. Today, Kwan Wu and his family have homes in Olathe, KS, and Guangzhou, China.

The beauty and uniqueness of Master Wu’s designs and the equal power he brings to all types of art--whether it be figurative, wildlife, representational or abstract—across every scale, from miniature to monumental—has established him as one of the finest artists in the world.  His art is prized by public and private collectors throughout the world.