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Biography:

Wei was born in 1957, in Beijing, China. He started painting at young age during China’s Culture Revolution. Art and Painting were his sanctuary from the turmoil of his school and family. He graduated from Central Institute of Arts and Design in Beijing in 1984.

Wei came to the United States in 1989. The rural landscape of America has transformed him as a person and an artist. It represents the beginning of a fresh lifestyle and art. Wei unites his art and life experiences in China with his perspectives inspired by traveling the backroads of America, creating a rich and poetic oeuvre. His original and unique interpretation of the landscapes captures the characteristics and spirits of America that touch the hearts of a wide range of audiences from different cultures and backgrounds.

Wei’s style and imagery are heavy with references to Americana. However, they are abstractions of his views. Richly complex, they are filled with humor and loneliness, peacefulness and pain. They balance on the knife-edge of meaning, tempting those who choose to look beyond the mundane to experience a unique and timeless look at life.

Curriculum Vitae



Birth Place


1957

Beijing, China


Education


1984

Graduated from the Central Institute of Arts & Design, (now the Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University) in Beijing, China.


Selected Exhibitions


2016

“At One in the Landscape”, Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Broken Boundaries”, Solo Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2014

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line”, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

2013

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Attic Gallery, Portland, WA

2012

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Attic Gallery, Portland, WA

2011

Artist of the Year Solo Exhibition, Governor’s Mansion Foundation, Olympia, WA
Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
Solo Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Attic Gallery, Portland, WA

2009

Solo Exhibition, Tansey Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2007

Solo Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
Solo Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2004

Solo Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2002

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA

2000

Solo Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1999

Solo Exhibition, Nelson Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1998

Solo Exhibition, Nelson Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1997

Solo Exhibition, Nelson Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1996

Solo Exhibition, Nelson Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1995

Solo Exhibition, Nelson Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Solo Exhibition, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1994

Solo Exhibition, Nelson Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA

1993

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
“Hospital Z”, Cornish School of Art, Seattle, WA

1989

Solo Exhibition, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA

1986

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1985

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China


Publications


2009

Z.Z. Wei, Light and Shadow: A 20 Year Journey of American Landscape. Shoreline, WA, Z. Z. Wei Fine Arts.

2007

Majestic Journey, Exhibition Catalogue, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2006

Timeless, Light and Shadow, Exhibition Catalogue, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2000

Exhibition Catalogue, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1997

Great Space, Exhibition Catalogue, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Exhibition Catalogue, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA


Awards and Recognition


2013

Art in Embassies Program, Exhibition in U.S. Embassy Tallin, Estonia

2011

Washington Governor’s Mansion Foundation Exhibitor of 2011/2012
Art in Embassies Program, Exhibition in U.S. Embassy Libreville, Gabon

2009

United States Secretary of Commerce, "Sunset", Curated collection of Northwest Artists on loan to Secretary Gary Locke's office, Washington D.C., later exhibited at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.

2004

Vancouver Art Museum, auction invitational, Vancouver, BC
Bellevue Philharmonic, The Art of the Violin, Fund Raising Invitational
Asian Hall of Fame honoree, Special Recognition Award given for contribution to the arts

1992

Received the 1992 Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)/NEA Regional Fellowship for Visual Artists.

1991

Resident Artist at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

1989

Resident Artist at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Selected by Washington State Centennial Committee for the Pacific Rim Cultural Connection Project as the artist to represent China


Lectures / Interviews / Media


2015

“Z. Z. Wei, At One in the Landscape, An Artist’s Journey”, Seattle Channel TV program, produced by John Forsen

2011

Seattle Asian Art Museum, Artist Talk series, Seattle, WA
Artist Talk, Washington Governor’s Mansion Foundation. Olympia, WA

1995

KIRO Television’s “In Color”, artist’s profile and interview with Z Z Wei, March 26th, Seattle, WA


Review


2015

July, Kalpas, Norman. Show Preview, Southwest Art

2012

11 SeptemberUpchurch, Michael. “Z.Z. Wei: Palouse landscapes that stretch and swirl.”, The Seattle Times
29 October, Manfredi, Paul. “Strange Shells: The Art of Zhao Baiwei (Z.Z. Wei)” Asia Pacific Arts, University of Southern California

2009

April, Spring Reflections. Western Art Collector

2006

January, Frauchiger, Fritz A. “Z. Z. Tops.” 111 Magazine
April, Koppman, Debra. Previews, Artweek.

2004

January, Campbell, Virginia. “Bridging Cultures.” Southwest Art
February, Baker, Kenneth. Reviews. Artweek
November / December, Changing Landscapes. Targos, Renee. Art Talk

2003

August, Art Across America. Architectural Digest


Corporate Collections


II Architecture, Seoul, South Korea
Bellevue Athletic Club, Bellevue, WA
Burns Bros., Inc., Portland, OR
Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Seattle, WA
Colliers International, Pleasanton, CA
DeLille Cellars, Woodinville, WA
Frohwitter Intellectual Property Counselors, Munich, Germany
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, Seattle, WA
Hart & Wagner, LLP, Portland, OR
Mulvanny G2 Architecture, Bellevue, WA
Omnivore Inc., Bellevue, WA
Pro Foods, Vancouver, WA
Rosetta Inpharmatics, Seattle, WA
Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, Seattle, WA
Sigma Management Inc., Kennewick, WA
St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, OR
Sterling Associates, Seattle, WA
The Listel Holtel, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tri Holding Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vulcan Inc., Bellevue, WA
Westin HOTEL, Seattle, WA
Weyerhaeuser Company, Seattle, WA