Born in Macau in 1977, Wong Ka Long holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sculpture (2000) and a Master’s Degree in Art Education (2003) from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Since completing his sculpture Camões, Portuguese Poet his focus has been on creating new sculptures. Among his most famous works are “Professor Jao Tsung-I”, “Matteo Ricci” and “Don Bosco”.
Mr Hundred Dollar Bill
“From my childhood memories, I can recall there were two portraits on the currency of Macau, one with one eye open, and the other with a high, straight nose. No matter the angle at which you viewed the money, he was always watching you. Before the Handover, I was able to finish my Camões, Portuguese Poet sculpture, thereby creating a connection for me with Portuguese culture. Putting a poet’s picture on a bill lends it a heavier cultural weight compared with using the images of revolutionaries, national leaders or monuments. The theme of this exhibition is Camilo Pessanha. Both the design sketches and the process of creation are on display, in an effort to reclaim the relationship that existed between my childhood and this hundred dollar bill.”