About the artist
Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1968, Wing is the child of two educators, one a kindergarten teacher and the other a university professor. From an early age travel fueled his passion for studying world cultures. Even as a child Wing knew he wanted to lead a life in the Arts.
Two of Wing’s earliest inspirations were woodcarvers; Christopher Gonzales, a leading Jamaican sculptor, and Wing’s first woodcarving instructor, the Panamanian born artist, Barrington MacLean. He began woodcarving while a student at The University of California, Santa Cruz in the 1980’s where he also studied with Jack Zajac. After college Wing toured Japan for five weeks to study that country’s rich woodcarving heritage. In Nara he was instructed by a carver of traditional wooden dolls, who gave Wing his first of many Japanese tools. The Japanese mallet made especially for Wing almost 30 years ago is a tool he still uses practically every day.
His love of woodcarving has led Wing to carve in many other materials. In 1994 Wing visited Bernard Matemera in his remote Zimbabwe village, and got his first taste of stone carving. In 2000 Wing was invited to carve marble in the Carrara, Italy studio of Manuel Neri. Five times Wing has carved ice at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has also been invited multiple times to carve ice in China, Finland, Poland, and Germany. Recently Wing has also been invited to carve sand at top international events.
Wing first came to Philadelphia in 1997 to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 2003 he married Elaine Lander, a Nurse Practitioner at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Their two children attend Friends Select School in Center City. In 2010 they moved to their current home in Powelton Village. And in 2017 Wing began sculpting in his studio at 40th and Westminster in West Philadelphia.