Born in 1961, Benjamin Wu studied art at the Guangzhou Fine Art Institute in China from 1978 to 1985. He came to the United States in 1986 and received his master’s degree from the Academy of Art University (formerly Academy of Art College) in San Francisco in 1991. Since then, he has worked as a freelance illustrator and continued to pursue fine art.
Wu has participated in many shows and exhibitions including the International Salon Shows in San Antonio and Scottsdale, the West Select of the Phoenix Art Museum, and the American Masters of the Autry Museum of the American West.
Wu’s exquisite paintings have garnered many awards in exhibitions and competitions. In 2006, he received the Merit Award for Portrait and Figurative from the Asian Art Exhibition in Tokyo. In 2007 he received the Merit Award for Still Life and in 2009 was Best of Show winner for Salon International in San Antonio, Texas. In 2011 he was awarded the Best in Show at the first-annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art at the Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2013 he won a Silver Award for his painting Amelia at the Phoenix Art Museum’s West Select show.
Wu has been a featured artist in a number of art magazines. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.