Wang Qingsong was born in 1966 in Heilongjiang Province, China. Wang graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Sichuan, China in 1991. Currently lives and works in Beijing.
Wang Qingsong is a leading figure in the revolution in Chinese photography. He constructs highly staged photographs that explore the influence of Western consumer culture in China. In more recent works he has explored political and social themes including the struggles of the country’s migrant population and Chinese diplomacy. Qingsong’s photographs are known for their epic scale, deep symbolism and careful staging, which can sometimes take several weeks and involve up to 300 extras. Although photography is his main medium, he has explored performance and video art in more recent years.