Bangmin Nong graduated in 2005 and 2009, from the GuangXi Arts Institute (B.A., M.A.), and West Virginia University, in 2012 (M.F.A). Nong creates figurative clay sculpture that focuses attention on the intersection of architecture and human psychology. Nong’s accomplishments belie his age. His technical achievements have afforded him opportunities as an educator and an ambassador of artistic exchange. He has exhibited in the United States and China, including the GuangXi Museum of Fine Arts. While studying in the United States, he represented West Virginia University with a scholarship to study at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and was a resident at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. Nong is currently an Associate Professor at the GuangXi Arts Institute.
The human body is the primary theme in my work, where I can focus on the interaction between people, nature and architecture. I use different clay bodies to explore my understanding of these interests. Using different techniques to finish my sculptures (including press molds, solid building and hollowing), I focus on the material itself; it’s language and visual performance.