BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES FOR SAN SILVERBEARD (WING KI SAN)

 

The artist was born in 1914 in Canton Province. He studied engineering and graduated from Zhong Shan Univeristy in 1937.

 

His first assignment after graduation was as a surveyor on Hainan Island, where he made a complete survey of the entire Island, and where he encountered the majestic Five Finger Mountain, from which he would later draw for artistic inspiration.

 

No sooner had he finished his survey, when he, like so many others, got caught up in the war that had erupted after the Japanese invasion of China. Under intense pressure from horrible climatic conditions in addition to the turbulence of the war, he supervised the building of vitally important supply roads, from Chung King to troops in the south and from Lok Mountain to Tibet, for troops in the north in a successful effort to keep them supplied.

 

By 1947 he had become the Director of the Quimen Road Engineering District, one of only four such districts in the country. In the fifties and early sixties, he was in charge of a Building Material research lab in Canton, where he was a professor of engineering at the Wah South Engineering School, and published over 30 articles on the subject of building materials. But his most significant contribution to the field of Chinese and world engineering was his pioneering research into finding better and stronger building materials. Although he did extensive research in the areas of bamboo and glass, most of his experiments were in the areas of asphalt and reinforced concrete, specifically as applied to flooring, bridges and tunnels. In 1964, he immigrated to Hong Kong, where he developed a number of new materials that were effective in terms of being more fireproof, waterproof and resistant to mold and mildew than anything else available at that time.

 

In 1983 he came to live in the United States. Able at last to live a life of semi-retirement, he devoted most of his attention to his art, whose technique is described in the accompanying description.

 

When he passed on in May of 2001, he was survived by his wife and five children, two daughters and three sons, all of whom share his love for learning and art, and four of whom have themselves become engineers. He is also survived by an impressive body of art.

 

 

                 

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