Warren King, an artist known for his captivating cardboard sculptures, finds his wellspring of creativity in the vibrant streets of New York City’s Chinatown. It’s here, amidst the lively commotion of street musicians, chess players in Columbus Park, vegetable vendors, and the hustle of Canal Street, that King’s artistic journey begins.
As he meanders through this diverse, bustling community, King’s sculptures take shape. Crafted from corrugated cardboard and finished with dark, neutral tones, his works vary in size, with many reaching life-sized proportions. They are not mere art pieces; they become occupants of public benches, blending seamlessly with their surroundings.
In addition to his ongoing Chinatown series, King delves into more personal inspirations. One such creation is “Xuanzang“, a stoic figure based on the 7th Century monk who embarked on a 10,000-mile journey to recover Buddhist texts, inspiring the timeless novel, “Journey to the West.”
King’s work reflects the authenticity of daily life in Chinatown, featuring “lion dancers,” “chess players,” and more. If you appreciate the intricate details and authenticity of his art, explore his remarkable creations on King’s Instagram page. Immerse yourself in the world of cardboard sculptures that beautifully blend artistry and history.