A group of six sculptures from the International Sculpture Symposium held during the annual Canadian National Exhibition in August of 2005 now line the northeast lawn of the Enercare Centre. The theme for the artistic creation for the symposium was: “Personal experience with nature in the context of Canada’s natural environment and its geographical position.” The objective of the symposium was to initiate artistic and cultural co-operation between sculptors of different background.
Man-Wai Wu from Canada was 1 of 10 artists to participate in the Symposium. Man-Wai carved a curved figure from limestone titled Freedom 2005. It is 213 cm high. The artist says of his work: “What I think, I see, I say, I search and love stones.”
Man-Wai Wu was born in Guangdong, China and then settled in Hong Kong in 1958. He started painting in 1969 and later completed an extension course in basic 3-dimensional design workshop at the Hong Kong Polytechnic. In 1989 he was awarded the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Sculpture). Man-Wai was recognized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art with the Urban Council Fine Art Award in the Urban Council Sculpture Design Competition in 1994 (Category I & II, Hong Kong City Hall and Salisbury Garden Hong Kong).
In 1995, Man-Wai won the full Free Man Fellowship to exchange experience in the United States and worked in the Vermont Studio Center in 1996. His works were selected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art - Hong Kong Artists Series Exhibitions’ in 1995. Man-Wai immigrated to Canada in 1998 and has been working here ever since. In 2004 he won the chance to represent Canada to join the “International Stone Sculpture Symposium” hosted by ECHO research Institute. From 2005-2007, Man-Wai won several awards from painting exhibitions in the United States.
Man-Wai Wu has participated in exhibitions and symposiums across Asia and North America. He is an accomplished painter, sculptor and art instructor.
For more information on Man-Wai Wu’s work please visit the artist’s web page: Man-Wai Wu.