FROG KING
b. 1947, China. Lives and works in Hong Kong.

Frog King is a pioneering conceptual and performance artist who has been breaking boundaries in Hong Kong and beyond since the late 1960s. Originally trained in ink painting and calligraphy in the studio of seminal New Ink Painting master Lui Shou Kwan, he is one of the earliest Chinese contemporary artists to explore the use of ink painting as a conceptual tool, incorporating it as both action and material into multiple-media installations and performances. Since 1967, Frog King’s art and performances have been presented at over 3000 exhibitions and art events worldwide, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors internationally. Collected by museums, foundations and private collectors, each of his works embodies his conceptual utopia.
Biography

Kwok Mang Ho (a.k.a. Frog King)

Born in 1947, Guangdong, China

 

A multimedia artist popularly known as Frog King, Kwok was born in Guangdong,China, in 1947, and he grew up in Hong Kong. After graduating from Fine Art courses at the Grantham College of Education in Hong Kong in 1970 he undertook Extra-Mural Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong. From 1980 to 1984, he studied at the Art Students League in New York, a city where he experienced ‘Art Life’ for 15 years before returning to Hong Kong in 1995. In over 40 years, Kwok has produced numerous conceptual works - performances, installations sculptures, paintings and photography - at more than 3,000 art events all over the world since 1967, including Bangkok, Beijing, Melbourne, Toronto, Berlin, Busan, Louisiana in Denmark, Hong Kong, London, Macau, New York, Paris, Seoul, Singapore and Toyko.

 

Kwok received Urban Council Fine Arts Awards for Sculpture and Mixed Media in 1975 and 1998 respectively, the Yomoma Arts Group Award for The Best Community in Arts Service from City Hall New York 1987, Hong Kong Arts Development Council Emeritus Fellowship in 1998, and Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art from Macao Museum of Art in 2005. His works are in many local and overseas museums and private collections.

 

Important Exhibitions and Events

 

2017   

Taiwan and Hong Kong Art and Design Exchange 2017, Taiwan

 

2016   

PMQ Formula-e Live Performance, PMQ, Hong Kong

Henderson Land Public Hoarding, H Queen’s Central, Hong Kong       

Ink Asia Convention Centre, Hong Kong   

VAS Annual Exhibition City Hall H.K 2016, Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong       

Shanghai Tang Solo Exhibition, Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong

 

2015

M+ Live Art Project, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

‘Frog King: Recent Works’, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Shanghai CZ Art Project, China

Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition 2015, Jeonbuk Museum of Fine Art, Korea

Ansan Art Fair, Korea

 

 

2014

Totem, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

‘TAIPING TIANGUO’,E-Flux, Nyc, USA

 

2013

Duddell's Exhibition in collaboration with Ai Weiwei, Duddell's ,Hong Kong

‘Now and Then’-contemporary Ink VS Antiquies, Fringe club, Hong Kong

MTR-Public Art winner, ‘Frogscape’ ‘Frogtopia Arch’, Frog King & Frog Queen, Hong Kong

Frogtopia Brussels, Frog King & Frog Queen Artist-in-residence, Harlan Levey projects, Brussels, Belgium

 

2012    

Frog King KWOK Mobile Museum Solo Exhibition, Papay Gyro Scotland, UK

TAIPING TIANGUO’-History of Possible Encounters, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

The 4th Arts Ambassadors - In- School Scheme - Creative Workshop, Hong Kong

GCE Diamond Jubilee Art Exhibition, Central Library, Hong Kong

‘Frogtopia-Hongkornucopia II-From Venice to Zhujiajiao’, International Artist-in-Residence    Program, Himalayas Art Museum, Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Space, Shanghai, China

‘Frogtopia‧Hongkornucopia’, Hong Kong Exhibition of the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy

‘Legacy & Inventions - Ink Art VS Ink Art’, Shanghai Art Museum, China

 

2010    

‘Artist-in-residence’, Chapter Arts Centre, Wales, U.K.

‘Xi’an Qujiang International Contemporary Art Festival’, Xi’an Qujiang Contemporary Art Centre, China

‘1st Chinese Biennale’, Chinese Character Art Museum and Ku Art Centre, Beijing, China

‘Performance Art Photography of China’, Inter Art Centre, Beijing, China

‘Art Performance Festival - Made in China’, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

‘Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art’, Macao Museum of Art, Macao, China     

 

2003   

‘Transborder Language 2003’, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

 

2002     

‘Busan Biennale’, Performance & Installation, Busan, Korea

 

2000      

‘Art Scope Morph’, Tokyo, Japan

 

1998      

‘The New Face of Hong Kong’, Asian Fine Art Factory, Berlin, Germany

 

1995      

‘Eastern Spirit, Ink & Brush’, Gwangju Biennale, Folk Museum, Gwangju, Korea

 

1991     

‘The Art Mall’ Project, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA

 

1989     

‘Five NY Art Now - Street Collaboration’, Installation and Performance, Osaka, Japan

 

1986     

‘Gods’ Party’, Installation, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, USA

 

1983     

‘Frog Night - No Se No Solo Show & Performance of the 99 Nights’, East Village, N Y, USA

 

1979         

‘Plastic Bag Project - the First Performance Art in China’, The Great Wall, Beijing, China

 

1975         

‘Splashing Cow Bone Action”, “Happening’, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

 

1974         

‘Conceptual Art Exhibition’, Hong Kong

 

1967          

‘One Man Show’, Grantham College of Education, Hong Kong

 

Worldwide Ongoing Projects

 

2001~

Frog King Kwok Museum Project

 

1999~ 

Nine Million Works Project

 

1989~1999   

Froggy Sunglasses 10 Years Project

 

1981~  

Body Installation Project

 

Awards and Honors

 

2003

Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art Award, Macao Museum of Art, Macao,  Chin

 

1998

Fine Art Award for Mixed-media, Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

Emeritus Fellowship, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong, China

 

1994

Talented Artist Certificate, New York City Art Commission, New York, USA

 

1986

Yomoma Arts Group Award - The Best Community Arts Service, NEA, New York, USA

 

1983

Founder & Member of Epoxy Art Group, New York, USA

 

1980

International Visitor Program - Art in America, Multi-Regional Project in the USA,

Sponsored by ICA and IIE

 

1975   

Fine Art Award for Sculpture, Contemporary Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong Museum of    Art, Hong Kong

 

Professional Occupation

 

1984 – 1991

Visual Art Director, Yomoma Arts Inc. New York, USA

 

1982 – 1984

Curator, Kwok Gallery Community Art Shows & Projects, New York, USA

 

1977 – 1980

Lecturer, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

 

1974

Curator, Conceptual Art Exhibition, Hong Kong

 

Selected Public Collection

M+ Museum of Art, Hong Kong

Macao Museum of Art, Macao

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong

Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA

Bank of China, New York, USA

Hotel Conrad, Hong Kong

Fortune Magazine, New York, USA

Reader’s Digest, N.J USA

Smithsonian Video Collection, Washington, D.C., USA

World Bank ,Washington, D.C., USA

Yomoma Arts, Video Collections, New York, USA

A’s Video Collections, New York, USA

New World Centre, Hong Kong

City Hall, Hong Kong

 

Publications

 

2011    

‘Frogtopia-Hongkornucopia’

 

1999     

‘Kwok Art Life for 30 years 1967-1997