Z.Z. Wei

Asian Hall of Fame – Class of 2004


Born in Beijing, China in 1957, Wei started painting during the years of the Cultural Revolution as a sanctuary from the turmoil.

Wei’s talents took him to the Central Institute of Art and Design in Beijing. He graduated from the program in 1984 and – by the age of 30 – had two exhibitions at the China National Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1989, Wei was invited to participate in the Pacific Rim Cultural Connection Project by the Washington State Centennial Commission. His residency at Cornish College of the Arts led to another residency in 1991 at Whitman College. The following year, Wei was honored with the Western States Arts Federation (WEST AF)/NEA Regional Fellowship for Visual Artists.

Wei depicts powerful images of rural America in his paintings, often inspired by the unique landscapes of the Pacific Northwest region. His work has been exhibited all over the world from the Frye Art Museum in Seattle to the Autumn Salon in Paris. Wei’ vision of rural America has been showcased in the “New Form” Chicago International Exhibition, the “First Exhibition of Modern Art in Beijing, the Los Angeles International Art Fair, and even the office of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in Washington, D.C.