Paul Wong (artist)

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Paul Wong
Born (1954-11-20) November 20, 1954 (age 60)
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Known for Video art, Multimedia
Notable work(s) "Murder Research", collaboration with Kenneth Fletcher, (1977), "in ten sity" (1978), "Chinaman's Peak" (1992), "Miss Chinatown" (1997), "Hungry Ghosts" (2003), "5 Paul Wong Projects" (2010)
Awards Bell Canada Award, Transforming Art Award, Trailblazer Expressions Award, Governor Generals Award in Visual and Media Arts, Best Canadian Film at the 2008 Reel Asian International Film Festival

Paul Wong, (born November 20, 1954 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia) is a Canadian multimedia artist. An award-winning artist, curator, and organizer of public interventions since the mid-1970s, Wong is known for his engagement with issues of race, sex, and death. His work varies from conceptual performances to narratives, meshing video, photography, installation, and performance with Chinese-Canadian cultural perspectives.


Winner of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art in 1992, Wong was also the first recipient of the Transforming Art Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation in 2002. In 2003 he was the inaugural winner of the Trailblazer Expressions Award, created by Heritage Canada, the National Film Board of Canada and CHUM limited. Wong was the 2005 recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and was the Canadian Spotlight Artist and also awarded Best Canadian Film or Video at the 2008 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Paul Wong is a founding member of several artists groups including the Video In / VIVO Media Arts Centre (Satellite Video Exchange Society 1973) and On Main (On The Cutting Edge Production Society).


Wong has produced projects and shown his work throughout Canada, as well as in China and Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, the UK and in the United States amongst elsewhere. His works are in public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa) and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Wong is currently involved with "5 Paul Wong Projects", five site-specific events between February 13 to March 13, 2010, showcasing works from both Wong and selected guest artists. Produced by ON MAIN (On The Cutting Edge Production Society), the event is commissioned by The City of Vancouver, Public Art Program, as part of Mapping and Marking Artist-Initiated Projects for Vancouver 2010.

Other media[edit]

Wong plays the "Wiry Man" in Season 3, Episode 19 of The X-Files, Hell Money (originally aired 29 March 1996).


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