Zao Wou-Ki

A master of postwar art and the highest-selling Chinese painter of his generation, Zao Wou-Ki applied Modernist techniques to traditional Chinese literati painting. After moving to Paris, Zao had developed a unique style that was marked by contrasting colors and lyrical abstraction and that merged Chinese art, as viewed through the lens of European abstraction, with traditional Chinese landscapes. Zao’s paintings are abstract expressions of landscapes interwoven with his life experiences immersed in the Parisian art community with pivotal artists including Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.