WOU-KI ZAO |
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China 1921 - 2013
Zao Wou Ki was born in Beijing on 13 February 1921. He died on 9 April 2013 at his home in Nyon Switzerland.
Later after arriving in France, he will adopt the spelling ZAO for his name.
At age fourteen he enrols at the School of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, where he remains for six years. His first exhibition demonstrates his influences: Renoir, Modigliani, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso
In 1942, he organises an exhibition of works by Wu Dayu, his teacher, together with some of his own works.
Zao Wou Ki goes to France and reaches Paris April the 1st and spends the whole afternoon in the Louvre.
He attends the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and lives Rue du Moulin Vert nearby Alberto Giacometti's studio. He makes the acquaintance of Hans Hartung, Nicolas de Stael, Pierre Soulages, Viera da Silva, Sam Francis, Norman Bluhm and Jean-Paul Riopelle. They often gather at the Galerie Nina Dausset, rue du Dragon.
In May 1949 he has first exhibition at the Galerie Creuze. He receives encouragement from Miro, Giacometti and Picasso.
At the Desjobert printing shop he discovers and learns the technique of lithography.
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