C.C. Wang (Wang Chi-ch’ien) is a distinguished painter, connoisseur, and collector of Chinese art in America. He is descended from a prominent literary figure and calligrapher, Wang Ao of the Ming dynasty. Born in Suzhou, he carried on the great tradition of painting, studying with the well-known painter Wu Hufan in Shanghai while simultaneously studying law at Suzhou Law School in Shanghai in 1932. Coming to America in 1949, he studied Western painting at the Art Students League.
A pioneer in experimentation to “modernize” ink painting, he has developed new techniques and created fresh effects. His calligraphy was amazingly vigorous and powerful.