Wah Ming Chang

Wah Ming Chang
American, 1917-2003

Wah Ming Chang was born to artist parents on August 2, 1917 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He began exhibiting etchings and block prints nationally at an early age. Though essentially self-taught, he was the protege of California artist Blanding Sloan.

Chang worked for Disney Studios during the production of Pinocchio and Fantasia, and he designed the masks for film and stage productions of The King and I. He also did special effects and won many awards for several films including Time Machine, Tom Thumb, and Seven Faces of Dr. Lao as well as the television productions of Star Trek and Outer Limits.

Five years after he retired to the Monterey Peninsula in 1970, he was juried into the Carmel Art Association as a sculptor working in bronze, wood, and stone. The chief subjects of his three-dimensional works were animals (both real and fantasy) and figures (both stylized and realistic). Wah Ming Chang passed away on December 22, 2003 in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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