Man-Wai Wu was born in Guangdong China and settled in Hong Kong in 1958. He started painting in 1969 and later completed an extension course in 3-dimensional design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute. In both 1989 and 1994 he was awarded the Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award for Sculpture by the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Wu won the Freeman Foundation Fellowship to study art at the Vermont Studio Center, the largest international residency program in the US, hosting more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.
In 1998, he immigrated to Canada and has been working there ever since. His paintings have been featured in American Art Collector Magazine and he has collectors throughout the world. Wu has family, including a brother and many cousins living in Columbus, hence his connection to Central Ohio.