WEI TAI arrived in America in 1991. Since that time, he has successfully found his rightful place among the leading Chinese artists of his generation.
Wei Tai was born in a rural village south of Shanghai, China. His father was a reserved sculptor in their homeland and taught his son both sculpting and painting techniques. Wei Tai went on to be a graduate from the Shanghai Fine Art Institute. He was also an Assistant Professor of Art and Fashion design in Shanghai College. The artist served as the Chief Designer of the China Silk Corporation for seven years. This allowed him to travel to Western European countries and become exposed to different cultures. These travels gave birth to his longing for new expressions in art.Wei Tai’s respect for the history of China also came from several visits to the massive limestone statues of the Buddha at Lung-Men (Dragon Gate) and Dun-Huang, the famous trade route in the remote northwestern corner of China. It was at Dun-Huang that Buddhist pilgrims entered China from India. Wei Tai’s painting of Dun-Huang are fluid, expressionistic depictions of the colorful tales of Buddha painted on wall frescoes in “The Caves of Buddha.”In the artists own words, “I was searching and learning from the ancients, and the murals are a treasure warehouse of art.”
During his stay in America, Wei Tai’s Eastern subject matter and techniques have been influenced by European and American art traditions, resulting in an exquisite mixture and marriage of both, including Western subjects and Eastern style. He is multi-talented, working in Oil, He innovated an unique technique oil painting on Copper; Acrylic, watercolor, and Chinese brush painting with equal expertise while allowing each of these mediums to influence each other constantly. Wei Tai’s silk paintings are breathtaking. His sculptures also reflect the marriage of two art traditions. In Wei Tai’s own words, “The inspiration for art can be found everywhere.” Wei Tai’s passion can be seen in all his works.
Wei Tai’s paintings and sculptures are currently held in many private and public collections. The artist has had one-man shows and group exhibitions in Shanghai, Tokyo, Milan, Cologne, Amsterdam. Wei TaI has won countless awards: 2006 International Portrait Competition Exceptional Merit Award, International contested “Still & Floral” Second Prize, a certificate of recognition from the Portrait Society of America, two more honorable mentions in The Artist Magazine, The Best of Scottsdale 2005, Featured in Artbook of new west fall/winter 06/07 and in book “100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Floral” published by International Artist. He has also received a certificate of Excellence from the International portrait Competition 2007, and 1st place from 35rd Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show, 2007. 1st Place Watercolor & 1st Place Drawing at the 37th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art show.