Wing Na Wong

   Portrait Painter


Artist’s statement:

Wing Na Wong is a photorealist painter. Her specialty is portraiture, depicting people or animals with expressive details. Photorealism has always been her interest, but her decision to officially make it her career began when she started fine tuning her techniques. Creating portraits and bringing them alive with details gives her all the satisfaction and encouragement she needs for the next art piece. It is telling the story of a person, a biography, using her paint brush to depict the many life experiences that we all go through with visual clues and artistic details.

Biography:

Wing Na Wong had graduated from the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at Western Connecticut State University the Class of 2020. She is a stay-at-home mom who has a burning passion for creating hyper realistic artwork and fusion of practical art projects with creative methods. Her passion started at an extremely young age, she found herself attracted to the drawing. She loved the idea of creating an image that included natural elements sprinkled with her own imagination. Unfortunately, life events took over and she found herself straying further and further away from the path she has always envisioned herself to take. Many years passed before she had the inspiration to pick up a pencil again. She would look back to her older drawings, thinking about the possibilities she could have had.
 
One day, she decided to stop lamenting about missed opportunities and to create her own. She never thought about returning to school or to return to creating art work, let alone on a professional level. She signed up for her first painting class on Spring 2016, she practiced after midnight, and she was able to achieve many personal milestones and perfect her talents thanks to the unwavering support and guidance from the Art Department at West Conn. A few semesters of classes and many of paintings later, she is really pleased with her progress. She is back on track to pursue her dreams and to do what she has always wanted.

Illustration:

She has a passion for Illustration; she likes to incorporate Illustration elements to her paintings. The example of culture by adding element of traditional clothing or a flag, it is representational and it is symbolic. Strengthen the message of animal awareness by adding the cage, color, textures and composition to evoke or express different emotions.

She admires Tim O’Brien and Gottfried Helnwein; they convey ideas, facts and feelings using the technical skills of painting and drawing and their own creativity. The most influential mentor and guidance are Lesile Cober-Gentry and Jack Tom. They had made a positive difference in her life. They saw something in her that she didn’t see in herself, and they are the ones who taught her to always trying to improve and never stop learning.




Awards and recognitions:

• Member of International Guild of Realism

• The City of Danbury proclamation from Mayor Mark Boughton for recognizing my induction into my painting career.

• Awarded by Art at Ives • Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show for the #1 Painting Award.

Awarded by Western Connecticut State University for the Antonio Alberetti Award for Excellence in Painting. The award is given in memory of Antonio Alberetti, who encouraged achievement in the arts. The selected recipient is the art student who demonstrates the most promise in painting.

• Painting of Portia De Rossi was showed on The Ellen Show, and it was complimented by Ellen Degeneres.

• Awarded by The National Society of Leadership and Success on December 8th 2017 for the Dream Support Award, intended to support individuals in achieving their dream, out of recognition that working towards a personal goal takes unlimited hard work, unyielding determination, and unbreakable courage.

• An art piece was chosen by the Congresswoman, Jahana Hayes in her Waterbury office, and it will be display there for her 2 years term.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in Hartford Art school of the University of Hartford – for excellence in visual arts.

• Her style of Illustration is hyper realistic and photorealistism. She enjoys painting portraits, still life and animals.

Art Shows

Group Shows:

2019

Ruth A Haas Library, Danbury, CT

Art and Frame of New Town, New Town, CT

Stamford Downtown ArtWalk, Stamford, CT

ArtWalk Ridgefield, Ridgefield, CT 

2018

New Town Library – Cyrenius H. Booth Central Library, New Town, CT

New Town Municipal Center – ‘Color in Winter’, New Town, CT

Robert S. Young Library, Danbury, CT  

Senior Portfolio Exhibition • WCSU Art Gallery, Danbury, CT

Solo Shows:

Feb 5th – April 13th
City Center Danbury 
268 Main Street, Danbury, CT

July 9th – Sept 14th
Escape to the Arts 
293 Main Street, Danbury, CT
Juried Exhibition Shows:

2020

107th Annual Online Exhibition 2020
Allied Artists of America

2020 Portrait of Hero – Faces of Pandemic Front Lines CSOPA
Downtown Stamford, CT

Hudson Valley Art Association 87th Annual Show
The Lyme Art Association Gallery Old Lyme, CT

International Juried All Visual Arts Competition, Amazing Animals
Camelback Gallery

Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts Richter House 
100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, CT 06811

2020 Member Show Compassion
Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT

“WILD” Juried Exhibition Show
Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

2019

Art at Ives • Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show
Ives Concert Park Danbury, CT

Hudson Valley Art Association 86th Annual Show
The Lyme Art Association Gallery Old Lyme, CT

Small Treasures Juried Exhibition Show
Maritime Gallery, Norwalk, CT

Small Works Juried Exhibition Show
National Association of Women Artists, New York, New York

11th Annual Juried Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition Show
Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, PA

2019’s Annual Mark Twain Library Art Show
Mark Twain Library, Redding, CT

2018

Juried Open Show 2018
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, New Milford, CT

2018 Juried Art Show & Sale
Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts, Danbury, CT


Honors Awards
• Awarded by Tunxis Community College for the All-USA Community College Academic Team in recognition of scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments on April 28th 2017. Out of 11 colleges, 21 students were chosen for the state team and she was selected to represent Tunxis Community College. She had also obtained an official statement from Nancy Wyman, Lieutenant Governor for recognizing this achievement. 

• Awarded by Naugatuck Valley Community College for the All-USA Community College Academic Team in recognition of scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments on April 29th 2016. Out of 10 colleges, 19 students were chosen for the state team and she was selected to represent Naugatuck Valley Community College. She had also obtained an official statement from Dannel P. Malloy, Governor for recognizing this achievement. 




The honorable Mark Boughton, Mayor of Danbury, CT
It was an honor to meet Mayor Mark Boughton and it was a pleasure to paint a portrait painting of him. Thank you for the services and the dedication to the City of Danbury, CT.

Commissions Portraits
If there is a special memory from a memorable picture, that wish to be painted as a gift or a personal collectible, please don’t hesitate to contact her for a free estimate. The medium that she uses is oil on canvas or oil on linen, it is 100% traditionally hand painted. Also she will stretch her own canvas for custom sizes.  
Latest Work
This Illustration of a tiger is her latest finished painting. It’s an oil on canvas painting, and the size is 36″ x 24″. Follow her on Instagram: @wingnawong for latest work in progress.
Contact 
 Please contact her for any art related inquiries.

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Email: wingnawong@gmail.com 

Mailing address:
P.O. Box: 2513
Danbury, CT 06813