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Zao was born in Beijing with family roots in Dantu, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. In his childhood he was brought back to his hometown Dantu where he studied calligraphy. From 1935 to 1941, he studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

In 1948, he went with his wife Lan-lan, a composer, to Paris to live on the same block in Montparnasse where the classes of Émile Othon Friesz took place. His earliest exhibitions in France were met with praise from Joan Miróand Picasso.

Zao and his wife pursued their own careers, their son having stayed in China with his Zao's parents. In the mid-1950s, they were divorced. In 1957, Zao decided to visit the United States where his younger brother Chao Wu-Wai was living in Montclair, New Jersey, close to the art scene of New York City. He wanted to learn more about "pop art". While in the US, he painted seven canvases at his brother's house. There are relatively few items dating from that year (1957). Years later, the largest canvas was given by his brother, Chao Wu-Wai, to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

He left the U.S. after a six week stay, traveling to Tokyo and then to Hong Kong, where he met his second wife Chan May-Kan (???, May Zao), a film actress who with two children from her first marriage. Under the influence of Zao, she became a successful sculptor. In 1972, she committed suicide at age 41 due to mental illness.


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Design, L'Orchidée, Zao Wou-Ki

L'Orchidée

Zao Wou-Ki

Design - 25 x 25 x 0.5 cm Design - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inch

$995

Print, Canto Pisan (planche 8), Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan (planche 8)

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 48.5 x 33 x 0.1 cm Print - 19.1 x 13 x 0 inch

$3,915

Print, Sans titre, Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 57.5 x 71.5 x 0.1 cm Print - 22.6 x 28.1 x 0 inch

$6,487

Print, L'étang, Zao Wou-Ki

L'étang

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 27 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 10.6 x 0 inch

$3,915

Print, Sans titre, Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 x 0.1 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 x 0 inch

$7,270

Print, Éclats, Zao Wou-Ki

Éclats

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 31.5 x 25 cm Print - 12.4 x 9.8 inch

$4,250

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Composition n° 388, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition n° 388

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$8,388

Print, A la gloire de l'image, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, Composition, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$3,132

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,033

Print, Le monde de l’art n’est pas le monde du pardon, Zao Wou-Ki

Le monde de l’art n’est pas le monde du pardon

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 34 x 26 x 1 cm Print - 13.4 x 10.2 x 0.4 inch

$6,934

Print, Composition 302B, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 302B

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 28 x 48 cm Print - 11 x 18.9 inch

$7,829

Print, Composition 341, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 341

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 76 x 56 cm Print - 29.9 x 22 inch

$7,829

Print, Le pophète, Zao Wou-Ki

Le pophète

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 25 x 24 x 7 cm Print - 9.8 x 9.4 x 2.8 inch

$3,915

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Composition 263, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 263

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 28 x 22 cm Print - 11 x 8.7 inch

$4,474

Print, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°368, Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°368

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 35 x 28 cm Print - 13.8 x 11 inch

$4,250

Print, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°367, Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy n°367

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 35 x 28 cm Print - 13.8 x 11 inch

$4,250

Print, Canto Pisan 220, Zao Wou-Ki

Canto Pisan 220

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 53 x 35 cm Print - 20.9 x 13.8 inch

$5,592

Print, A la gloire de l'image, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, La tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

La tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 40 x 30 cm Print - 15.7 x 11.8 inch

$27,962

Print, A la gloire de l'image 282, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 282

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, Composition 130, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 130

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 65 x 50 cm Print - 25.6 x 19.7 inch

$7,829

Print, Composition 154, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 154

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 76 x 56 cm Print - 29.9 x 22 inch

$8,948

Print, Sans titre, Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 45.5 x 64.7 x 0.01 cm Print - 17.9 x 25.5 x 0 inch

$10,290

Print, Elégie pour Jean-Mari n° 296, Zao Wou-Ki

Elégie pour Jean-Mari n° 296

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 42.6 x 32.6 cm Print - 16.8 x 12.8 inch

$3,915

Print, Le monde de l'art n'est pas le monde du pardon, Zao Wou-Ki

Le monde de l'art n'est pas le monde du pardon

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

$5,369

Print, Les petits bateaux, Zao Wou-Ki

Les petits bateaux

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 32.5 x 25 cm Print - 12.8 x 9.8 inch

$5,369

Print, Beau regard, Zao Wou-Ki

Beau regard

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 37 x 28 cm Print - 14.6 x 11 inch

$3,915

Print, Composition 302A, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 302A

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 28 x 48 cm Print - 11 x 18.9 inch

$7,829

Print, A la gloire de l'image 281, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 281

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, A la gloire de l'image 278, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 278

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, A la gloire de l'image, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy, Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 35 x 28 cm Print - 13.8 x 11 inch

$4,250

Print, Randonnées (Rambles) 260, Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 260

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 cm Print - 15 x 11 inch

$5,592

Print, Randonnées (Rambles) 261, Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 261

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 cm Print - 15 x 11 inch

$5,592

Print, Randonnées (Rambles) 259, Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 259

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 cm Print - 15 x 11 inch

$5,592

Print, Randonnées (Rambles) 258, Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 258

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 cm Print - 15 x 11 inch

$5,592

Print, Randonnées (Rambles) 257, Zao Wou-Ki

Randonnées (Rambles) 257

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 cm Print - 15 x 11 inch

$5,592

Print, Sans titre, Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 75 cm Print - 22 x 29.5 inch

$6,152

Print, A la gloire de l'image 280, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 280

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, A la gloire de l'image 274, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 274

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, A la gloire de l'image 283, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 283

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, A la gloire de l'image 285, Zao Wou-Ki

A la gloire de l'image 285

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

$6,711

Print, L'escalier, Zao Wou-Ki

L'escalier

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 55.5 x 38 cm Print - 21.9 x 15 inch

$7,270

Print, Lithographie 269, Zao Wou-Ki

Lithographie 269

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 60 x 50 cm Print - 23.6 x 19.7 inch

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Print, Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy, Zao Wou-Ki

Vingt-quatre premiers sonnets de Shakespeare dans la traduction de Yves Bonnefoy

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 35 x 28 cm Print - 13.8 x 11 inch

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Print, Composition, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 89 x 60 cm Print - 35 x 23.6 inch

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Print, Composition 128, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition 128

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 65 x 50 cm Print - 25.6 x 19.7 inch

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Print, Composition, Zao Wou-Ki

Composition

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 56 x 76 cm Print - 22 x 29.9 inch

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Print, En attendant un jour de fête, Zao Wou-Ki

En attendant un jour de fête

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 33 x 25 x 0.1 cm Print - 13 x 9.8 x 0 inch

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Print, En attendant un jour de fête, Zao Wou-Ki

En attendant un jour de fête

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 33 x 25 x 0.1 cm Print - 13 x 9.8 x 0 inch

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Print, Tentation de l'occident, Zao Wou-Ki

Tentation de l'occident

Zao Wou-Ki

Print - 38 x 28 x 0.1 cm Print - 15 x 11 x 0 inch

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The artistic movements of the artists are: Somber Abstract Painters, Abstract Japanese Art, Art Informel
When was Zao Wou-Ki born?
The year of birth of the artist is: 1921