ShuQiao Zhou

Shuqiao Zhou is a Russian influenced Chinese trained master of oil painting who became one of the most recognized artists in China following the Cultural Revolution. He was born in 1938 in Kaiping, a renown town of rich cultural traditions in Guangdong Province, China. He was accepted to study in Guangzhou Institute of Fine Art in 1961. As an expert at figurative work, during the Cultural Revolution he was assigned to paint monumental images of Mao and other Chinese leaders for the walls of institutions and to create paintings filled with scores of young men and women illustrating revolutionary themes. Eventually he became the Vice President of the Guangzhou Art Academy. Later Shuqiao Zhou was selected, along with the country’s other top artists, to paint historic scenes in association with the National Museum in Beijing. His large scale murals earned him fame as well as two paintings, “Single Spark” and “Willow in the Spring Breeze” became two of the best known and most reproduced images in China at that time. “Willow in the Spring Breeze” is in the permanent collection of the China National Museum and was exhibited in “Five Thousand Years of China” at the Guggenheim Museum (New York) in 1998. In 1987 Shuqaio Zhou emigrated to the United States to teach fine art at Occidental College. He quickly established himself as a noted portrait painter. He is an award winning member of Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club. His work is in the permanent collections of the China Fine Art Museum, Museum of Revolution and History in Beijing and in the United States at Occidental College and the Pasadena Museum of History.