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Blue Rain Gallery

Z.Z. Wei | Solitude

Paintings, oil on canvas

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.

Earlier Event: May 25
Galisteo Arts Center
Later Event: May 31
Elise Kessler Gallery