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was a Chinese-French artist known for his non-representational paintings that blended Eastern and Western modes of art making. Everybody is bound by a tradition. I am bound by two, the artist once reflected. Born on February 1, 1920 in Peking, China, he studied at the Hangzhou Fine Arts School for six years were he was influenced by the work of traditional Chinese and Japanese art as well as Western painters like Paul Klee and Franz Kline. In 1947, the artist moved to Paris where he became the neighbor of Alberto Giacometti and friends with Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Pierre Soulages. During the following decades, Zaos work became very popular with Chinese collectors and by the 2000s his paintings were selling in the millions.