Born in Nantong, Jiangsu province of China in 1949. Wang Xu moved with his family to Beijing in his early age. During The Cultural Revolution, He was sent to Inner Mongolia to be a farmer before complete his high school course. Many years later he completed the Art Teacher’s Training Course in the Central Institute of Nationalities in Beijing. He had been working as famer, artist, office staff, and later worked at Beijing Art Museum. He arrived in Australia in 1989 and gained BFA (Honours) and MFA at College of Fine Arts, University of NSW.
Wang Xu’s painting was shown in group exhibition at National Art Gallery, Beijing, China; Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney; Art Gallery of NSW. He has had solo exhibitions at Maunsell Wickes Galleries, Sydney; Paintbox Fine Art Gallery, Canberra; and Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney. He was the winner of Friends Exhibition & Sale 2002, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2005 and 2007; and he the Wynne Prize in 2007 and the Sulman Prize in 2012.