Amateur sculptor Wang Wenhai's passion and love for
Chairman Mao has given birth to thousands of sculptured images
of the great Chinese leader. Many of the works are
unconventional Mao as Buddha, as a lady, and as a comfortable
pillow to rest on.
These works would have put Wang in serious trouble
during the tumultuous years of the "cultural revolution"
(1966-76) but Wang says there is always a noble reason behind
each artistic expression.
One of his recent works is a Mao portrait with many
eyes painted on the body of a bell. That was Wang's reflection
of Mao, in today's money-oriented society.
Wang, 55, started to craft sculptures of Chairman
Mao in the early 1970s and has been a devotee to Mao all of
Born in Central China's Henan
moved with his father to Yan'an, Shaanxi
Province in the
1960s. Yan'an was the cultural bed of the Chinese revolution
and the final destination of the Long March.
Wang became a guide for the Yan'an Revolutionary
Museum after his graduation from college in the early 1970s.
Since then he has developed an intimate and special
relationship with Mao expressed through his art. He is known
by his friends as the King of Clay Sculpture because of his
(China Daily July 31,