1934 · China
Born in 1934 in Shanghai, Pang Tao began to study painting with her artist parents during her childhood. Her en plein air paintings produced during her excursion to Guilin demonstrate a remarkable shift in her style. Although she still adopted traditional, descriptive methods, Pang also began to develop an abstract style in these paintings.
Since the early 1980s, Pang began to create her remarkable series of paintings featuring bronzeware. The following decade saw Pang Tao use bronze as her subject matter. She applied a series of techniques including colouration, generalization, and the flattening of shapes. Such experiments persisted into the mid and late 1990s. Pang Tao retired from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. She then visited the United States and stayed for a year. On returning to China, she produced a series of collages, which was a continuation of her previous experiments on combining different media. Since 2000, Pang Tao’s abstract art has paid closer attention to social reality and has displayed deeper reflections on humanity.
Pang’s works have been exhibited extensively around the world. Exhibitions include China in Revolution: Sketches of the Maoist Era (2019), Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France; Pure Land: Images of Immortals in Chinese Art (2016), Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK; Golden Age and Light: Dunhuang Arts Exhibition (2007), NAMOC, Beijing, China; and Two Shores City Arts Festival – The Blossoming of Realism: The Oil Painting of Mainland China since 1978 (2006), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.