Zao Wou-Ki was born in Beijing (then “Peking”) and studied calligraphy and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. He moved to Paris in 1948 where he lived out most of his remaining life. Zao worked primarily in oils, ink, and watercolor but also experimented with engraving and lithography. Zao is famously known for his synthesis between Eastern calligraphy and European Art Informel; a unique style defined by contrasting colors, intense linework and lyrical abstraction. His legacy of more than seventy years presents a life of experimentation and negotiation between Chinese and Western artistic traditions. Zao is a master of the post-war era artists and among the highest-selling Chinese painters of his generation.