Country: South Korea/USA
Jiawei Gong was born and raised in the scenic city of Hangzhou in China. He received his
BFA degree in painting and drawing from the China Academy of Art in 1992, and his MFA
degree in digital media from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007. Gong has
practiced in both applied and fine arts disciplines for more than 20 years. He has worked
as a newspaper art editor, press photographer, freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and
college art professor. Since 1987 Gong has illustrated over 60 books and two weekly
comic columns in both China and the U.S. His exhibition record to date includes over 60
group and solo exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally in the U.S., Europe
and China. As an educator Jiawei Gong has taught in both China and in the U.S., including
Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in Hangzhou, Loras College in Dubuque,
Iowa, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and currently, Texas Tech University.
The current themes in Gong’s studio practice include the fundamental human experience
and contemporary social issues. He primarily chooses digital media, such as digital video,
sound, digital photography, and interactive web art in practicing his creative ideas. Gong
draws his inspiration from his daily American life and his Chinese cultural roots.
Traditional Chinese philosophy and literature serve as a dominant and informative
resource for Gong’s artwork, while the current conditions of the outside human world
provide him subject matter and stimuli.