[EXCLUSIVE] Our Interview with Robin Wang

Photos: Robin Wang This time around, we speak to auditor-turned-artist Robin Wang, who left the corporate world for the art scene. Read o...

Photos: Robin Wang

This time around, we speak to auditor-turned-artist Robin Wang, who left the corporate world for the art scene.
Read on for our interview.

Hi Robin! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I'm Robin, a freelance illustrator based in China. I love everything about art. I studied accounting in the university. I used to work as an auditor in an accounting firm, an English teacher in a language training school, but drawing never left my life! Art is a way to express my feelings. I can leave the world behind when I paint. It's a part of me. Now I have more time to put in doing illustrations, developing my Chinese traditional painting skills, practising calligraphy and taichi. I'm very interested in traditional Chinese culture as well.

When did you discover your love for illustrations?
I've been drawing since I was five. About four years ago when I started considering about studying art abroad, I found many inspiring work of some talented illustrators online. That was probably the time when my "switch" was on. I think art is a way of telling stories and I see infinity in illustrations.

What made you decide that you would leave your job as an auditor to pursue life as an artist?
It wasn't a hard decision. I always took a sketchbook with me even when I took business trips. When I was working as an auditor, I applied for University of Arts London and got accepted. I never went though because of the high tuition for international students.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
I usually get inspirations from photography, fashion websites. Music, movies, people and travel also have inspired my a lot.

Who do you dream of working with?
I hope one day I could illustrate for Vogue!
I also hope I have more opportunities to work with different types of artists on exciting cross-industrial projects.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be, and why?
The deep color black. I take black and white photographs a lot. Black and white together, simple but can be very astonishing, classic combination forever. I have a big passion for black ink as well. I think it can sort of express strong and deep emotions.


Where is the one place on the planet you have dreamed of visiting?
This one is hard to answer! I love travelling. I'd love to visit places that still maintain something pure and original like South America, Africa and SE Asia... I'm very drawn to minority culture. Their music, clothes and accessories are just stunning. Many splendid colors are used in these places as well.

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
Well, that never came across my mind... If I have a million dollars, I would get a land in my dream-living place (somewhere with nature like mountain, lake) where there are my home, my studio, garden and vegetable patches... Maybe would set up a retreat base with my boyfriend to teach people from different countries the healing methods with traditional Chinese culture like taichi, calligraphy, painting etc. I would like to learn a sustainable way of living.

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