Zao Wou Ki was a Chinese artist born on February 13, 1920 in Beijing. He grew up during the 1920s and 1930s, which was a time of great political and social instability in China. In 1948, he studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and began exhibiting his artwork in exhibitions in China. In 1950, Zao Wou Ki left China to continue his studies in France, where he studied at the National School of Decorative Arts and the National School of Fine Arts. He quickly gained popularity in France and participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Salon de Mai and the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles. Throughout his career, Zao Wou Ki explored various mediums and artistic styles, ranging from surrealism to lyrical abstraction. His works were influenced by his experiences in China and France, as well as his knowledge of traditional Chinese painting. Zao Wou Ki was also active as a painter, engraver, and draftsman, and was a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts. His works are exhibited in many museums worldwide, including the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Zao Wou Ki passed away on April 9, 2013 in Pully, Switzerland at the age of 93. He leaves behind a rich artistic legacy that has been widely recognized and celebrated around the world.