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  • "When your goal is to change society, you have to have a certain kind of imagination to make everyone understand what you are doing. But I don’t want to make my work too understandable. I don’t want to be known by too many people." — Zhao Zhao

     Zhao Zhao’s beautiful, quasi-abstract Sky paintings refer to the heavily polluted grey-yellow skies of Beijing, where blue skies are exceedingly rare. Meditative cloud formations, stirring yet mournful, conjure up dreams of better times. Born in Xinjiang and a graduate of the Xinjiang Institute of the Arts and the Beijing Film Academy, Zhao Zhao is regarded as a major figure in Chinese contemporary art. A long-time assistant of Ai Weiwei, Zhao Zhao’s provocative works are known for confronting existing ideological structures and challenging notions of authority. His multidisciplinary, non-conformist practice spans works as diverse as sculpture, performance, video and painting.


    In 2019 Zhao Zhao was honoured with his first museum solo exhibition at Song Art Museum in Beijing. That same year he was also named ‘Artist of the Year’ by the AAC (Award of Art China).



    Zhao Zhao Sky
    Works from the Sky series exhibited at Zhao Zhao’s solo exhibition In The Desert Below A Constellation In The Sky at Tang Contemporary, Beijing, 2017


    • Provenance

      Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Roberts & Tilton, Zhao Zhao: Omnipresent, 10 January – 21 February 2015

    • Literature

      Zhao Zhao, Guo Juan and Cui Cancan, eds., Zhao Zhao 2016-2006, Beijing, 2016, p. 115 (illustrated)


Sky No. 19

signed and dated ‘Zhao Zhao [in Chinese] 2014.’ on the reverse
oil on linen
250 x 250 cm. (98 3/8 x 98 3/8 in.)
Painted in 2014.

Full Cataloguing

HK$150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$756,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021