Tyrus Wong was born on October 25, 1910, and died on December 30, 2016.
He was a Chinese-born American artist.
Wong was a painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite maker.
Whilst he was a film production illustrator, Wong worked for Disney and Warner Brothers, including being the lead artist on Disney’s Bambi (1942).
Wong was married to Ruth Ng Kim (伍梅珍), a second-generation Chinese American from a farming family in Bakersfield, California. She worked as a lawyer but became a homemaker after the birth of their children.
They had three daughters: Kay (born 1938), Tai-ling (born 1941), and Kim (born 1946) and two grandchildren.
He referred to his daughters as his “greatest achievements”. Ruth died on January 12, 1995.
He retired in 1968, but, he continued to create colorful kites (usually animals such as pandas, goldfish, or centipedes).
Wong likes spending his Saturdays flying his creations on the Santa Monica Pier.
Tyrus Wong passed away at 106 years old.