Zu Ming Ho
Chinese, b. 1949
Two Flautists
Acrylic on paper
Two young flute players (a pair that appear together several times in Ho's body of work), sit surrounded by three tigers in a meadow scene with stained glass mannerisms, two cranes (a symbol of longevity) soaring above the crescent moon at their backs. Matted behind glass, gilt frame.

Chinese artist Zu Ming Ho began his art career in his early teens when his skills grew into a comprehensive repertoire that included drawing, watercolor, landscapes and figure painting in the ‘western style'. He was greatly influenced by the French masters Degas, Monet and Renoir. This western style brought Zu Ming Ho unwanted attention from Mao's Cultural Revolution party and he was placed into a forced labor camp because of his ‘western' tendencies. The regime tried to break Ho's spirit but he continued to visualize paintings and memorize images in the hope that one day he would again be able to portray his art on canvas.

Following the Cultural Revolution, Zu Ming Ho was able to resume his artistic career and he graduated with honors from the Shanghai Drama Institute of Fine Arts, majoring in oil painting. In 1987, Ho entered the US following an acceptance as a foreign student at an American university. His first US exhibit took place in Los Angeles. This led to national and then international exhibitions. Zu Ming Ho's work comprises a gentle touch with vivid color to create work that celebrates the human body, relationships, nature and the universe. His work portrays the heart of ancient China with intricate lines, mystical images and elegance. Zu Ming Ho now lives in China where he is a professor of art.

  • Sight: 35 x 35 in. (88.9 x 88.9 cm.), frame: 46 x 46 in. (116.8 x 116.8 cm.)
  • Artist Name:
  • Zu Ming Ho
  • Medium:
  • Acrylic on paper

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