Wang Yani – Chinese painter
Wang Yani is a Chinese artist.
Yani was born in 1975 in Gongcheng, China. Since her childhood she was fond of drawing. Her father was an artist and Yani wanted to be like him. Wang Yani’s father gave her paint, brushes, and paper. Yani started painting at the age of two-and-a-half. She improved very quickly. Soon her lines became flowers, trees, and animals. When the girl was only four years old her pictures were in an art exhibit in Shanghai.
By age six, Yani had made over 4,000 paintings and drawings. She loved to draw monkeys and cats.
Her father stopped painting his own pictures because he did not want his daughter to paint like him. They went to parks and zoos to get ideas for pictures.
When Yani was eight years old, one of her monkey paintings was made into a Chinese postage stamp. Later, she started to draw landscapes and people.
14-year-old girl became the youngest person to have a one-person show at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Her pictures were shown in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Her art is still a great joy in her life.
In 1996, Yani won a scholarship to study in Germany at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Since then she has had numerous exhibitions in Germany, including at Galerie Jaspers.
By the time she was sixteen, six different books had been written about Wang.
She is married to photographer Wu Min-an.