Friday, October 18, 2019

Wang Fangyu, Calligrapher

February 2, 1913, Beijing, China – October 6, 1997, New York, New York

Wang Fangyu’s birth date is from the Social Security Death Index. His Social Security application said his father was Wu T. Wang and mother Shu C. Chu.

The following travel information is at

On June 2, 1944, Wang sailed aboard the steamship General H. W. Butner from Bombay, India. He was a student going to the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His wife was Wang Ya who resided in Beijing at 12 Sawatze. Wang arrived in Los Angeles, California on July 1, 1944.

Wang was a passenger on China National Aviation Corporation’s inauguration flight, October 6, 1947, from Shanghai, China. The plane landed in Honolulu, Hawaii to refuel then continued on to San Francisco, California, where it landed on October 7.

Wang was a resident of New Haven, Connecticut when he flew on the Flying Tiger Line from New York. The plane departed July 17, 1951 and was destined for Luxembourg.

Wang was naturalized on July 24, 1953 by the U.S. District Court at New Haven, Connecticut. His address was 3 Woodbine Street, Hamden, Connecticut.

Aboard Japan Air Lines, Wang flew from San Francisco on November 26, 1954, bound for Tokyo.

From Tokyo, Wang departed January 31, 1955, on Pan American World Airways bound for San Francisco.

New Haven, Connecticut city directories, for 1963 and 1965, listed Wang as an instructor residing at 425 Norton Parkway.

Wang passed away October 6, 1997 in New York City. An obituary was published in The New York Times on October 11.

Books and Exhibitions

Walking to Where the River Ends

Dancing Ink

Gallery 456

Master of the Lotus GardenThe Life and Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705)
Yale University Press, 1990

The Calligraphy of Wang Fangyu
.J. Wender Gallery
February 1991

Romance of the Stone: Chinese Seal Engraving
China Institute in America
December 1992

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