Restless Wandering

By Aleksandra Kostič : Huiqin Wang is a Chinese-Slovenian artist, living and working in Ljubljana for twenty years after finishing her art education in Nanjing. She represents an extremely precious addition to Slovenian multiculturality. She lives the Asian-European experience in her own way, as a sensitive creator, that unites ontological experiences of the Western and the Eastern painting traditions with the intimate experience of a displaced person-woman. In 2005 Slovenian Times chose her for a cultural personality of the year.

After the graduation from the department of fine arts at the Nanjing Faculty for Education, Huiqin came to Slovenia and specialized in graphic arts and painting at the Ljubljana Fine Arts Faculty. During 20 years of her creation she represented Slovenian artists at the entrance of Slovenia into the European Union and exhibited in Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Austria and Germany. In the year 2000 she was named senior university teacher for drawing and calligraphy.

Huiqin Wang is a painter and a graphic creator, constantly active and constantly searching for new possibilities in her artistic expression. Alongside numerous solo exhibitions she was a part of many artistic dialogues with other creators: painter Živko Marušič, graphic creator Zora Stančič and photographer Tomaž Lunder, going into various directions, but always stayed within the spheres of the physical.

Not long ago (February 2007) she started a new international project in co-production with distinguished Maribor gallery Kibla which meant broader performance expression that included a longer list of collaborators. Besides her, artist in this projects are Daisuke Sakaki Japanese dancer of traditional dances, Slovenian director Silvan Omerzu and multimedia artist Alfred Vešligaj. Interactive exhibition »Live Calligraphy« with collaboration of artists coming from three countries represents first such performance in Slovenia. Live Calligraphy no longer has limitations of traditional calligraphic forms because it expresses abstract ideas with the movement of the human body and represents the searching of the connection between the movement and contemporary techniques of visual expression. It connects traditional forms of expression with contemporary ones. With the performance the artist wishes to express the longing of human beings for peace and love with the help of art that knows no boundaries and no religions. Huiqin invited international artist to collaborate in this project with the intention of showing that one of the most important viewpoints of contemporary art is to unite various elements of expression of different people into one art work. The wish for harmony that should rule the world was fulfilled by the artists themselves with their art work, a result of fruitful and harmonious cooperation.

Huiqin’s work has been presented in Slovenian and foreign art magazine. She publishes articles in magazine such as: Shanghai Art World, Jiangsu Pictorial and Taiwan Today Art. The reputation and the influence of these magazines in China is extremely big as is their circulation. Many Chinese artists have become familiar with Slovenian art world through her articles. In this context we can state that she is the best harbinger of the Slovenian fine art culture. She often prepares exhibitions of Slovenian artists in China and Chinese artists in Slovenia which includes a lot of organization and cultural exchanges, that is why she made a great contribution toward the artistic exchange between the two countries. She is also often invited to elementary and secondary schools, to seminars and workshops in various cultural institutions and galleries and to cultural events where she can introduce Chinese culture and her art to a wider public.

Huiqin Wang has a lot of recommendations that justifiable present her work. Here it might be good to mention what the recommendations often leave out. In her creation Huiqin Wang manifests the intellectual essence that subsists in her original cultural tradition and represents an exceptional phenomenon, a rare gift in our eyes. Her work up until now means a precious contribution to Slovenian cultural life as well as to international inter-cultural dialogue.