Wai-Ming Cheung

Image details: Untitled, limestone sculpture by Wai-Ming Cheung, created in 2005 as part of the International Sculpture Symposium held at the CNE. Located on the east lawn of the Enercare Centre

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.  

Wai-Ming Cheung from Canada was 1 of 10 artists to participate in the Symposium.  Wai-Ming carved a set of hands grasping an object. Themes of Wai-Ming’s art works often relate to human relationships and reveal a diary of his experiences.  While attempting to portray the thoughts, emotions and passions of modern-day people, he creatively applies a simplified pattern of a typical decorative relief used in ancient Chinese bronze vessels.

Wai-Ming Cheung was born in 1953 in Hong Kong.   Wai-Ming graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan and returned to Hong Kong in 1981. He taught at the First Institute of Art & Design in Hong Kong in 1983.  His work was selected for the Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition in 1987.

Wai-Ming was active in the 1980s, working with media such as wood and bronze in a modern style.  He became known for his thought-provoking pieces that posed questions about Chinese modernity and its cultural heritage.

Sculptor Wai-Ming Cheung’s work has been shown in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Canada. A milestone in Wai-Ming’s career took place in 1991 with the installation of his three-metre high, bronze sculpture, Embrace Tradition, overlooking Victoria Harbour at Hong Kong’s Museum of Art. 

Wai-Ming immigrated to Canada in 1991 and currently lives in Southern Ontario.  The artist works in pottery and sculpture.