Jove Wang was born in China. As a youth, at age seven he apprenticed with the master painter Gang Gu, subsequently studying at Jilin School of Art for three years and graduating in 1982. He was accepted into the most prestigious art institute of China, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now named the China Academy of Art) and graduated as an honor student in 1988. He also received professional training from the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts.
In 1990 he immigrated to the United States where he soon met with success, the beginning of a career that has garnered him national recognition. Since that time:
he was commissioned to paint a portrait of Bishop Roger Mahony for the Archdiocese Catholic Center in Los Angeles, and the following year painted a second portrait of Mahony, who by then had been named Cardinal, for exhibition at his Titular Church in Rome.
other commissioned portraits included Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonorich.
he has turned his focus to painting scenes of the indigenous cultures of China, based on numerous travels into the far reaches of that country.
Wang published a book of his paintings, entitled "Instinct and Feeling."
Interviews and reproductions of his paintings have appeared in various magazines including Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Workshop and American Artist.
he has been invited to teach oil painting workshops at various art schools and galleries including the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
he has been invited by the California Art Club to give demonstrations and lectures at the new campus of the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and at the Autry Museum.
Wang is also a guest professor at several academies of fine art in China.
Best of Show, California Art Club’s 88th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, 1997
First Place, figure category, California Art Club’s 89th Annual Gold Medal Juried exhibition, 1998
Best of Show at the 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America, 1999
First Place at the prestigious Viewpoint 2000 Cincinnati Art Club Exhibition, 2000
Plein Air Tucson 2000 Exhibit in Tucson (Grand Prize, Best of Mission, and Best Design/Architecture), 2000
Best of Show and Artists' Choice Award, 2001 Carmel Art Festival, 2001
Gold Medal Award, Japan Artist Association at Tokyo National Museum, "Young Man", 2008
11th National Exhibition of Fine Arts in China selected "A Day on the Silk Road", 2009
Paintings exhibited in Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Pasadena Historical Museum, the Laguna Beach Art Museum, the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, the Bowers Museum at Santa Ana, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah, and the Phippen Museum in Arizona
Permanent Collections: Bowers Museum, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and the Museum of Jilin, China
Jove Wang is a Signature Member of the California Art Club.