Zhu Wei, is one of China's most notable contemporary artists. He has published six volumes on his works so far. His paintings usually depict characters from China's modern history.
Zhu Wei was born in Beijing in 1966. In his teenage years. Zhu entered the military. His soldiering days ended when he was admitted to the People's Liberation Army Art Academy, in 1989. After a few years of painting propaganda art for the motherland, his unit was demobilized in 1992.
In 1993 he went to study at the Beijing Academy of Film. Despite his educational background and association with the artistic values of state sanctioned art, Zhu has an incredible knowledge of Chinese tradition and spends enormous effort in perfecting his ink washes (also called Chinese painting), a technique popularized by Taoist artists in fourth and fifth centuries.
His works are widely collected in Europe, the United States, Asia and often feature in international auctions and are exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including Hubei Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, City Gallery Wellington, Beijing Today Art Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, China National Convention Center, Art Gallery of China National Academy of Painting, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Cuba, BELvue Museum of Belgium, National Contemporary Art Center of Greece, the State Tretyakov Gallery of Russia, Nanjing Museum, Art Complex Museum of Massachusetts, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Guangdong Museum of Art, Shenzhen Art Museum, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the National Art Museum of China, Grand Palais of France, Singapore Museum of Contemporary Arts, Jiangsu Art Museum