Wang Keping ( born 1949, Beijing) is a self-taught artist. In 1979, he was a founding member of 'The Stars' (Xing Xing), one of the earliest avant-garde artist groups in contemporary China. In 1984 he moved to Paris, where he continued to create his signature smooth wood sculptures of embracing figures, abstract heads, and female figures. He has exhibited internationally, primarily in Asia and Europe. The Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing is currently presenting a major retrospective of the sculptor's works.