In his lifetime, Wang has witnessed both China’s Cultural Revolution and the country’s economic boom, events that have clearly shaped his outlook and his art. He was born in 1966, the same year the Cultural Revolution began. After graduating from art school in 1993, he moved to Beijing. The city was in the throes of rapid development, thanks to Deng Xiaoping’s Open Door Policy, which unlocked the country to foreign investment in 1978. During his early years there, Wang became a keen observer of his country’s economic expansion, the influx of Western influence, and the social and cultural ramifications of the changes. Though trained as a painter, he determined that the medium was too slow to keep up with the rapid transformations happening around him, so he took up the faster-paced medium of photography.