Born in 1960 in China, Wang Tiande is one of the most significant and innovative calligraphers of present times, internationally renowned for his revolutionary takes on traditional Chinese Art. A graduate of the Chinese Painting Department at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1988, the artist is now dean and professor at the Art and Design Department of the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai. Recreating Ink brush painting for the twenty-first century, the artist often burns symbols, which resemble Chinese characters, onto rice paper, evoking the essence of traditional Chinese art in a modern context. The burn marks are made with an incense stick, creating shapes and spaces, similar to that of landscapes, water and mountains. Mountain Forward is a solo exhibition of Wang Tiande recent works in Ode To Art .