Jiannan Wu is celebrated as a young artist specializing in sculpture and drawing. Born in 1990 in Dalian, China, Jiannan Wu started to learn painting and drawing at age of 7. From 2009 to 2014 he studied sculpture in China Academy of Art, Hangzhou and graduated with a BFA degree. From 2014 to 2016, Jiannan Wu completed his MFA degree in Sculpture at New York Academy of Art.
Jiannan Wu is working on both sculptures and drawings. He is interested in the relation between image and sculpture. On the creative approaches, he uses the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures, namely the perspective effect of picture is used in his sculpture. At the same time, he also draws on some approaches of stage set and medieval high relief and also applies some forms of traditional Chinese brick sculpture. Jiannan Wu’s works focus on the issue of city life and most of his works are made of ceramic and resin. He is also good at using various other materials such as tinfoil, wood, metal, plastic and so on which can be easily found in his works.
Jiannan Wu is the winner of many significant competitions and awards. He is the winner of 2017 Dexter Jones Award, winner of MFA National Competition, and winner of Compleat Sculptor Award 2016. He was selected for Terra Foundation Residency in Giverny, France 2015 and ABC Stone Carrara Merit Award Residency in Italy 2016. His works have been exhibited internationally in New York, China and Europe and gain popularity among prestigious collectors such as Joyce Varvatos. Jiannan Wu currently works and lives in the New York City.