Born to be an artist, Lihua Zhao’s paintings began attracting admirers by the time she was five. By the age of seven she earned the attention of several Chinese masters and at twenty years, she was the star protégé of international Chinese Master Cheng Sh-Fa. Along the way she amassed best of show awards, secured museum placements, and was shown throughout Asia and Europe. By 1990 she had admirers and supporters around the world including the United States. One such notable and highly respected collector is Steven Spielberg who sought her out in China.
Today Lihua Zhao is a permanent resident of The United States and is without question a master in her own right and one of the finest contemporary Chinese ink/brush artists in the world. Her journey from then to now is as poignant and compelling as her art. Fine art painting is her calling and she is consumed by it. “I am a quiet person but my imagination roars in me like a volcano. Americans like to say still waters run deep. I believe this is true.”
Most of Ms. Zhao’s artworks are mixed media, usually acrylic, oil, and ink. These works have a broad appeal to the western taste for color. Regardless of style or medium, her art usually evokes feelings of joy and passion. By far, music and dance serve as her muses.
“While my paintings always begin in solitude and quiet stillness, they find life through music, which infuses nearly all of my art.” The universal languages of music, dance, and passion, and our spiritual longing for harmony and oneness are primary themes.
One of Lihua’s most remarkable characteristics is that she is very much like her art. There is not a single cell in her body that harbors any of the typical negativity of this world. Perhaps your initial encounter with her art will be similar to Nicola Milicvic’s first meeting with Lihua in person. He noticed her in the distant corner of his business parking lot. Heavy loud traffic was streaming by just ten feet from Lihua, but she was oblivious, singing softly to herself, absorbed in doing ballet-like movements. Enthralled, Nick said, “She is not of this world is she? … An angel that one is.” Nick is now the proud owner of three Zhao artworks.