Wei Ligang was born in Datong, Shanxi Provence. A child prodigy in mathematics, Wei entered the prestigious Nankai University in Tianjin at the age of 17. While pursuing his mathematics degree Wei became engaged in calligraphy, studied under the renowned Li Henian. In 1988, He dedicated himself to his medium and in the late 90’s moved to Beijing to concentrate on and further develop his art. Wei Ligang was included in 'New Ink Painting 'show at Carlton Hobbs in London earlier this year where the work promoted was more Miro with its black trailing lines and filled in loops than the orientally influenced Motherwell!
Here is an extract from an interview with Wei Ligang by Xiaoxiao Yan for Artslant'China doesn't really have its own abstract art. Mostly people just follow fashion and don't even have their own judgment — they merely throw some folk symbols into their oil paintings.