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Zao Wou-Ki's hand painted reproductions with oil paint on canvas

Zao Wou-Ki’s hand painted reproductions of superb craftsmanship, that mimic every detail of the master’s work. Choose from dozens of canvas.


Reproducing Zao Wou-Ki art is a challenge. His abstract style is merging Chinese art and European abstraction.

There are no form to reproduce, mostly just explosions of colors that render the artist's work complicated and fantastically elaborated.

Usually we start with the basic background colors and we build layers of colors upon layers of colors until we only have the last monographic lines to paint. The problem for the reproduction is that the composition consist in small details, textured lines and uses a wide color palette. Every inch requires a maximum attention to details as they make sense, functioning as fragments of the larger scene.

Each layers requiring a time to dry, it usually take a long time to make a reproduction of a painting of Zao Wou-Ki.

But the result is fantastic.

Zao Wou-Ki's style

Zao's works, influenced by Paul Klee, are orientated to abstraction. He names them with the date in which he finishes them, and in them, masses of colours appear to materialise a creating world, like a big bang, where light structures the canvas. He worked formats in triptychs and diptychs. While his work was stylistically similar to the Abstract Expressionists whom he met while travelling in New York, he was influenced by Impressionism. Zao Wou-Ki stated that he had been influenced by the works of MatissePicasso and Cézanne.

His meetings with Henri Michaux pushed him to review his Indian ink techniques, always based in Chinese traditional drawings. Zao was a member of the Académie des beaux-arts, and was considered to have been one of the most successful Chinese painters during his lifetime.

A little story of Zao Wou-Ki

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, where he was taught by Lin Fengmian, Fang Ganmin and Wu Dayu. 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 Miró and Picasso.

A complete biography of Zao Wou-Ki
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