ZHOU ZHIWEI

The Silence, Il Silenzio
The Silence, Il Silenzio

Early Years

Zhou Zhiwei was born in Shanghai in 1954 and started to paint when he was 9 years old. He was a disciple of two famous Chinese painters Yu Yun-jie e Liu Kemin and completed his studies at the Academy of Art in Shanghai.
Enticed by Italian art treasures he left China to reach Italy not only to satisfy his own cultural curiosity but mainly to immerse himself into a methodical research of the places and the works lying in the extensive repertoire of knowledge he had acquired during his education in China.

Nata Lux
Nata Lux - Oil on Canvas - 100x70 cm, 2006.

Italy

In Italy he enhanced his technique in Rome in the atelier of Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni, one of the great masters of contemporary figurative painting.
Consequently his realism is not limited inside the foundations of his own culture. Indefatigable traveller he explored Asia, Africa and Europe spiritually retracing the silk route.
Since 1980, he has mainly been living in Italy, where he attended famous contemporary artists such as Pietro Annigoni, Giacomo Manzù and Gregorio Sciltian.
He continues his research and study of the work of the greatest masters in European museums, his life being a continuous pilgrimage between the western and the eastern world.

Italy

In Italy he enhanced his technique in Rome in the atelier of Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni, one of the great masters of contemporary figurative painting.
Consequently his realism is not limited inside the foundations of his own culture. Indefatigable traveller he explored Asia, Africa and Europe spiritually retracing the silk route.
Since 1980, he has mainly been living in Italy, where he attended famous contemporary artists such as Pietro Annigoni, Giacomo Manzù and Gregorio Sciltian.
He continues his research and study of the work of the greatest masters in European museums, his life being a continuous pilgrimage between the western and the eastern world.

Nata Lux
Nata Lux - Oil on Canvas - 100x70 cm, 2006.
The Night, La Notte
The Night, La Notte

Today

He considers himself a guest in both worlds. He likes blending them. His thought has roots in philosophical Taoism. Tao, which means life, is the supreme unity where oppositions of life find unison: the good one, Yang and the dissolving one, Yin.
Zhou Zhiwei has presented his works in many exhibitions in Europe and China: in Rome, Florence, Venice, Trieste, Padova, Vienna, Shanghai, Beijing , Inner Mongolia, etc.
He currently lives in Padova and works both in Europe and China.