Born in Beijing, entered the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1964 to study interior design and while there, he studied painting under Wu Guanzhong. In 1970, during the Culture Revolution, Wang was assigned to the countryside for rehabilitation through labour and studied painting with Wu Guanzhong. In 1980, Wang formed the Contemporary Painting Society with his fellow classmates; organized an exhibition at the China National Museum of Fine Arts and joined the National Chinese Artist Association. He received a Master's degree a year later. Wang' s work has been selected for exhibitions worldwide including the recent major exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, entitled "5000 Years of Chinese Art" in addition to the Asian Art Fair at the Armory. A retrospective exhibition at Seattle Asian Art Museum was held in 2010. His paintings are sought after by major museums and private collectors.