Anita Yan Wong

Awarded 2021

Anita Yan Wong is an Asian American painter best known for her expressive brush strokes and unique style of “Contemporary Traditional” paintings that defies tradition and modernity. The artist, who taught at UC Berkeley S.F. extension California in recent years, is a 4th generation Lingnan painter (which originated in southern China in the late 19th century, known for the fusion of mastering modern Chinese, Japanese and Western painting approaches.). Wong worked as an art Professor for over 14 years at MICA, SVA and Temple University before returning to a sole focus on her painting passion in 2015.

Her works are currently featured Internationally on over 60 Traditional and Hip Cultural Blogs & Art Magazines including N.Y. Arts, ESPN, Disney Inc., Daily Arts Magazine, Flower Magazine, Art Dependence Magazine, KTSF Channel 26 News Interview and a cover story of Works & Conversations 2017. The artist was awarded “Excellent Scholars” from Maryland Institute College of Art & “Teaching excellence honor” from the art Institute. Wong’s work is researched by Academics; Art historians and Phd students Internationally.

She has collaborated with MAHB, Stanford University with the goal of preserving Lingnan Guo Hua and the beauties in nature. Yale University’s China Hands Magazine described her paintings as

“Traditional art form that questions the modern minds.” Wong started traditional Lingnan Painting lessons at the age of five with Master painter Hsin Pengjiu – first female students of Chao Shao An and Pu Hsin-Yu (Aisin-Gioro Puru), cousin of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China.

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