The artists who would become world-renowned as W. Eddie was born in
1955 in Hong Kong. His passion for art, evident at the young age of
eight, led to admission to the prestigious Hong Kong Art Academy.
Unlike most students, however, by the time Eddie graduated, he had
exhibited in several competitions and his work was already popular
in Hong Kong.
The young successful painter brought his family
to America in 1982, where he studied at the Art Student League of
New York. A year later, he won the New York Public Painting Competition,
becoming the first-ever non-American to even place in the top three.
The front page of the Chinese World Journal that same day shared this
breakthrough with his home country.
In 1984, Eddie was invited to join the Alliance
of Queens Artists, having won first and two-second prizes in each
of the three preceding years. His other prizes included lst prize
of the Western Chamber of Commerce three years running (1985-87),
and Best of Show from the National Art League. His work was exhibited
throughout the northeast, and his own exhibition at the St. John's
University capped his formal studies and launched his professional
Eddie is inspired by his extensive travels throughout
Europe, including a year in France in 1992 to study European Impressionism,
and currently lives in Switzerland. His landscapes, however, exist
only on canvas, and their extraordinary nuances of color, dynamic
depths of field, and beautifully balanced compositions are completely
his own. An impressionist of the first order, Eddie acknowledges the
influence of Monet in his command of light, water, and air, while
his brushwork and splashes of color, especially his signature reds,
are reminiscent of Renoir. His very collectible pieces marry gentle
movement with a calm tranquility, and his style has become familiar
to art lovers the world over.