Watan Wuma is a member of the Atayal aboriginal ethnic group in Taiwan.
After graduating from political science, he worked in factories on Mainland China. Only when middle-aged did he begin his artistic career, establishing the Waterfield Studio in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with performance art as his primary form of expression. As the descendent of Han and Taiwanese aborigines, Watan wavered between two different identities from a young age, while marked differences also manifested themselves between the ideology inculcated through education on the one hand and life as he experienced it while working on the Mainland on the other. In his oeuvre, he employs symbols that represent different ethnicities and ideologies, and through the interpretation of the body, he attempts to break apart these related complex and interwoven links.