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ZZ Wei Corner Phone

Z.Z. Wei - Corner Phone
"Corner Phone"
Oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 23 1/2

Born in Beijing, China in 1952, Zhang Wei grew up in the old style courtyard home of his paternal grandfather-a successful business man-with his mother and siblings. During The Cultural Revolution the Red Guard destroyed the courtyard. His grandmother was beaten to death and her possessions burned. Zhang’s father died in prison in 1968. In the same year, he was forced to go to the Xiangluo production bridge located in the Shanxi province in order to become an ‘educated youth’ at the age of sixteen. Due to work-related injuries, Zhang was sent back to Beijing for further treatment in 1971 and began to learn to paint on his own. Wei came to the United States in 1989 and embraced Americana as he created his masterpieces.