With intense concentration, furrowed brows and X-Acto blade in hand, Hovin Wang deftly constructs a vivid pastiche of comic book art, found objects and pop culture iconography for clients like Volcom Stone, Exposure UK and Sony’s PlayStation division. His work takes visual cues from Ludwig Hohlwein’s fluid graphic design and the gritty, nomadic aesthetic of skateboarding, a passion he developed at the age of 12.
Over the years his love of art, travel and building creative friendships has enriched the texture of his life. His experience finally led him to co-found Human Pyramids, a remarkable art collective with a simple objective: To expand beyond national boundaries and create an international community for artistic support and growth.
“Foreign perspectives and sensibilities different from my own inspire me,” he says. “There are many creative people out there doing great things and I love looking into what is happening in their world.” This inspiration was the driving principle behind Human Pyramids, an organic series of relationships forged through a shared passion for art, all of which has translated into “international resources and opportunities.” Last year, Human Pyramid’s first group show was held at Los Angeles’ Ghetto Gloss and received rave reviews. Their international exhibition featured artwork by Wang (Los Angeles), Pacolli (Brazil), Soy Panday (France), Teddy Kelly (Mexico) and Phillip Evans (Ireland), among others.
They are currently producing their next group show. Due to the international pull of the group, their next exhibition may end up in Japan, France, Brazil or Mexico. They also periodically release quality art publications, like Wang’s zines photographing the Japanese urban landscape in Tokyo Bikes and Tokyo Vends and films like Evans’ The Scrum Tilly Lush documenting the local perspective of skaters around the world. No matter what projects Human Pyramid takes on, Wang reminds us that the main tenets propelling his collective are: “Friendship, teamwork and creative collaboration.”