Aktis Gallery is delighted to present a major solo exhibition for Zao Wou-Ki, at Les Cadres Gault in Geneva.The exhibition, which includes 18 works – both oil on canvas and works on paper, explores the artist’s career from when Zao first emigrated to in Paris in 1948 right through to the 21st century. Zao’s work can be described as a marriage between classical Chinese landscape painting and Western abstraction. Born in Beijing, he studied art at the School of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, and his early work was influenced by Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso. In 1948, on the eve of the Chinese revolution, he left China and settled in Paris and was soon immersed in the Paris avant-garde of the time. Under the influence of Paul Klee he embraced abstraction. ‘How could I be ignorant of this painter whose knowledge and love of Chinese painting is so obvious?’ Zao wrote later. In his own work he simultaneously explored abstraction and traditional Chinese calligraphy to produce poetic and moody compositions, which are often interpreted as landscapes.
Thursday 10th December 2015, 5pm - 9pm