Zhijun Wang (born 1982, Beijing) is a designer/artist. He started learning traditional crafts and making customized sneakers since 2008. The 'Chinese Zodiacs' series is one of his most famous customized sneaker collections.
In 2013, Beijing was first engulfed in heavy smog in winter due to the mass industrialization. Zhijun started to make a mask from the materials of his sneaker collection which combined both aesthetics and utility. His sneaker masks also delivered a message to the people — raising awareness to the air pollution issue.
In the past 7 years, he handcrafted over 200 pieces of sneaker masks. His sneaker masks were collected by MoMA NYC, Takashi Murakami, Jeff staple, Daniel Platzman, Liam Payne, James Harden, Paulo Dybala and etc.
Collaboration with adidas, adidas Originals, Nike, CLOT, Puma, Reebok, MCM, Kidrobot and etc.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017
Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo, 2018
Hansen House, Jerusalem, 2019