Jiawei Gong was born and raised in the scenic city of Hangzhou in China. He received his BFA degree in Painting and Drawing from the China Academy of Art in 1992, and his MFA degree in Digital Media from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007.
Gong has practiced in both applied and fine art disciplines for more than 20 years. He has worked as a newspaper art editor and press photographer, a freelance illustrator, a graphic designer, and an art educator. Since 1987, Gong has illustrated over 60 books and two weekly comic columns in both China and the U.S. His exhibition record to date includes more than 90 group and solo exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Gong is an award-winning artist at several international film festivals and art competitions, and has also received a number of research grants for his artistic work.
The current themes in Gong’s studio practice includes the fundamental human experience and contemporary social commentary. He primarily chooses digital media, such as digital video, sound, digital photography, and interactive web art for practicing his creative ideas. Gong draws his inspiration from his daily American life and his Chinese cultural roots. Traditional Chinese philosophy and literature serve as a dominant and informative resource for his artwork, while the current conditions of the outside human world provide subject matter and stimuli for Gong’s direct social and cultural commentary.