WANG Shuibo | 王 水泊


WANG Shuibo, an Oscar Nominated filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow. 
He has been associated with the NFB Canada. He is a professor and founding director of Film & Media Art department at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
Solo Exhibition
1992 Canadian National Broadcasting Co Art Museum, Ottawa
2008 Zen & Revolution – Solo Exhibition of painting and film, Loft 3 Gallery, 798
Art Zone, Beijing
2011  Solo Exhibition of painting, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing
1976-1980 Military service as an army artist, for poster and stage designs
1981-1985 Studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
                        Received top student honors and a BFA
1985-1989 As an assistant professor, teaching studio art and illustration at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
1989 Graduate studying on Art Education at Concordia University, Montreal
1990-1993 Art designer at Radio Canada, Montreal
                        Assistant to Frederic Back for the short animated film THE MIGHTY RIVER – Grand Prize at Annecy and Hiroshima, nomination for an Oscar in 1994
1994         Animation design on Tibet for ANOTHER EARTH
1998         Producing and directing SWING IN BEIJING, a feature documentary on the avant-garde art in post-Tiananmen Beijing
                        Writing and directing the autobiographical animated documentary
                        Teaching Illustration at Dawson College in Montreal
2003-2005 Writing and directing THEY CHOSE CHINA, a documentary about twenty-one Americans along with one British POWs
2006         Professor / Chair, Film & Media Art Department at China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing
2007         Directing a short fiction film WISH YOU WERE HERE
                        Writing and directing CHINA’S NEW DISCIPLES
                        Media Art Jury for Canada Council for the Arts
2010         Directing ART CHINA, a documentary series on the new art scene in China
2011         Directing THE BALLAD OF MONGOL, a music documentary film about the life and environment in Inner Mongolia
2013         Directing NEVER RELEASE MY FIST, a documentary about a Chinese Punk Rock band
                        Jury for Shenzhen International New Media & Short Film Festival
2014 Jury for Beijing & Shanghai 24 hours short film contest
2015         Writer and Director for Who is David Bloch, a feature documentary about a German Jewish artist David Bloch
2016 Jury for Beijing Independent Film Festival
2017 Writer and Director for a feature film project titled Shanghai, Silent Love
1998         Awarded a media art grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
                        – Nominated for an Oscar
                        – The Gemini Award for best history and biography documentary
                        – The Gemini nomination for best direction for documentary
                        – Best short documentary prize from Hot Docs Festival, Toronto
                        – The Golden Award from World Film Festival, Houston, Texas
                        – The Gold Apple Award from National Educational Media Network, Oakland, California
                        – The War and Peace Award from Vermont International Film Festival
                        – The Bronze Plaque Award from the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Ohio
                        – The Golden Sheaf Award from Yukton Short Film Festival, Saskatchewan
2000         SWING IN BEIJING
                        – the Best Asian-Canadian Film Director award, the 1st International American-Asian Film Festival, Montreal
2001         Awarded a media art grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
                        – Selected by the EQuinoxe International Screenwriter’s Workshop
                        – Golden Gate Award for Best TV Feature Documentary, 49th San Francisco International Film Festival
                        – 1st Prize, 25th Black Maria Film Festival in New Jersey
                        – Remi Award for Best Documentary, 2006 WORLDFEST Houston
                        – Silver Chris Award for Best Humanity Film Category, 54th Columbus International Film & Video Festival
                        – Nomination for IDA 22nd Annual Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award
                        – Selected for 2006 Toronto’s Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and many other festivals both in Canada and abroad
                        – Grand Jury Award, 9th United Nation Association Film Festival
2006         Awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
                        Awarded a media art production grant from Canada Council
2008         WISH YOU WERE HERE
                        – Nominated for 2008 Canadian New Media Award
Lectures and presentations
American Director’s Guild in L.A.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Harvard University
New York University
Stanford University
Yale University
Art Museum of University of Florida
Taiwan National Art University
Korea National Art University
National Art Center
National Art Gallery
Canada Council for the Arts
Concordia University
McGill University
University of Montreal
Carleton University
Mount Saint Vincent University
Edmonton Art Gallery
Red Deer Art Museums
Vancouver Art Gallery
Pacific Cinematheque
Cinematheque Quebecoise


  1. Dear Wang Shuibo:
    I am a Hungarian American visual artist and folk researcher, dancer residing in the USA. I came across your work and the Shun Art Gallery via my artist colleague Austin Stiegemeier.
    I love your strong works and the themes, topics you use. I had the fortune to visit China 8 years ago, and I got a glimpse at some of the more political and social-oriented art works in a few cities.
    If I am in Japan again, I hope to visit the Shun Art Gallery.
    Best regards,
    Ildikó Kalapács

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