Throughout the world,
ZAO Wou-Ki has now been
recognised as one of the greatest contemporary painters.
Born in Peking in
1920, he became a naturalized Frenchman in 1964 and died in Nyon (Switzerland) in 2013, aged 93.
After an initial
figurative period, motivating him in his desire to discover France in 1948
(portraits, still life and reinvented landscapes), Zao Wou-Ki makes his own an
entirely initiatory approach of Western Art influenced by Paul Klee.
In the 60’s and 70’s
he starts, with a great strength and precision of the hand, to develop large
abstract compositions in a freed lyric space : so many pregnant works as a
prelude to the ambitious brushed formats of the 80’s, up to his ultimate works
punctuating the turn of the century. More information on Zao Wou-Ki’s life on www.zaowouki.org