Born in Hong Kong, 1964. Wing Shya is a prolific contemporary artist best known for his award-winning film and photography.
Following his studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada, Shya was appointed by legendary film director Wong Kar-Wai in 1997 to work exclusively as his photographer on several acclaimed films such as Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046. From these films, Shya has led a striking manifestation of cinematic elements throughout his photography.
Using fashion photography as his medium, Shya continues to depict the cinematic through photography, and similarly, imposes the photographic upon film. He pushes and blurs the boundaries between the two mediums, the result being images that appear as captured stills from a film.
From fashion editorials to artistic portraits, Wing Shya’s works all posses distinct aesthetics– the unpretentious and pathos beauty of the subjects and film-like sets built specifically for his photography and his choice of colours – either vivid through the force of sentimentality or dim melancholic hues. No matter which type of beauty he portrays, his images are always poetic, sensual and emotionally charged.
In March 2006, invited by the prestigious Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Wing Shya was the first non-Japanese photographer to exhibit at the museum with his inaugural show, Distraction/Attraction.
Wing Shya’s work has been exhibited and held within major institutions in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Europe at important avant-garde public institutions and private collections including Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and an upcoming exhibition at the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing late 2016.