Wang is one of the most recognizable figures in China's Pop Art stage, renowned for his combination of avant-garde art and impressive commercial success. This contrast should come as no surprise, as he encourages the recognition of such contradictions. Wang's art embraces seemingly antithetical elements—Pop with Tao, communism with capitalism, Christ with Mao—in order to transcend differences and analyze their interrelations. An early affiliate of China's '85 New Wave Movement, Wang helped usher in the era of contemporary Chinese art and was among the first Chinese artists to co-opt Mao Zedong iconography in his practice.
He has exhibited widely worldwide including the recent exhibitions Image Correction - Wang Guangyi, MOCA Singapore@Loewen, Singapore in 2015; Et la Chine s'est éveillée...,Chapelle De La Visitation, Espace D'Art Contemporain, Thonon-Les-Bains, France in 2013; Re-History, Chinese Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China and Thing-in-itself: Utopia, Pop and Personal Theology, Wang Guangyi Retrospective Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China in 2012; Wang Guangyi. The Interactive Mirror Image, Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Center, Chongqing, China in 2011; Made in Popland, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea in 2010; Beijing - Havana, China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Cuba Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; A Collateral Event of 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, A Gift to Marco Polo, Venice, Italy; ChinaMania, Colorful, Diverse and Distinctly Narrative, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Wang Guangyi, Louise Blouin Institute, London, England in 2009.