Qionghui Zou

Qionghui Zou is an internationally celebrated Beijing-based painter and professor. Her work focuses on re-imagining the traditional Chinese jade cicada in a contemporary context through the use of non-traditional materials like acrylics and oils. Painting and heating many layers, sometimes burning, baking and scraping away, Zou's work invites contemplation of the cicada's lifecycle.  From the underground larvae, to its metamorphosis into a joyful, winged and singing creature, to its death and return to dormancy, the cicada is seen as a spiritually pure being that represents the Buddhist concept of the ephemeral and illusory nature of our own life cycle. Qionghui's work is somehow Zen and philosophically robust while remaining bright and playful--a joyful and lighthearted spirituality.  

"Cicadas have unique pattern of lifecyle, and the larva of cicada has to go through a miraculous ecdysis.  I am awakened by the continuity and rebirth of its lifecycle and take the insect into my life narrative symbol system.  The cicadas turn into a life symbol and visual vocabulary of my art, and they also are the signifiers and the phans, which implies the human life metaphorically.

 I keep putting these symbols into my works with different colors, different structures and different artistic conceptions using mixed media ways.  Some of the cicadas are hidden in the dark, while the others are obvious in the surface.  Some of them are concentrated, the others are scattered.  The cicadas are just like people in the society, the poeple's life condition, their circumstance, their sadness and their destiny, which are just like the cicadas in the paintings." -- Qionghui Zou

The Eastern Grace 2016

Harmonious Rhythm of Life 2
Zou Qionghui

Oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 60" (120cm x 150cm)

$11,000 

Bamboo frame

Harmonious Rhythm of Life 3
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 60" (120cm x 150cm)

$11,000

Bamboo frame

Harmonious Rhythm of Life 4
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 60" (120cm x 150cm)

$11,000

Bamboo frame

Cross Series (Blue)
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

48" x 60" (120cm x 150cm)

$7,000

Bamboo frame

Cross Series (White)
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

60" x 48" (150cm x 120cm)

$7,000

Bamboo frame

Cicadas' Language 6
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

40" x 40" (100cm x 100cm)

$6,000

Bamboo frame

Cicadas' Language Series 7
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

40" x 32" (100cm x 80cm)

$3,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 8

Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

40" x 32" (100cm x 80cm)

$3,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 9
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

40" x 32" (100cm x 80cm)

$3,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 10
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

40" x 32" (100cm x 80cm)

$3,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 13
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

32" x 24" (80cm x 60cm)

$2,200

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 16
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

SOLD
Cicadas' Language Series 19
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 22
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 25
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Zen Series 28
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 11
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

40" x 32" (100cm x 80cm)

$3,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 14
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

32" x 24" (80cm x 60cm)

$2,200

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 17
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 20
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 23
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 26
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

SOLD
Cicadas' Zen Series 29
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 12
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

40" x 32" (100cm x 80cm)

$3,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 15
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

32" x 24" (80cm x 60cm)

$2,200

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 18
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language  Series 21
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Language Series 24
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Zen Series 27
Qionghui Zou

Oil and acrylic on canvas

24" x 24" (60cm x 60cm)

$1,600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Zen Series 31
Qionghui Zou

Oils and Acrylics

12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm)

$600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Cicadas' Zen Series 32
Qionghui Zou

Oils and Acrylics

12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm)

$600

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

The Eastern Grace
Artist Signed 2016 exhibition catalogue
$32.00

Cicadas' Zen Series 33
Qionghui Zou

Oils and Acrylics

12" x 16" (30cm x 40cm)

$800

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

Born Again
2015 exhibition catalogue
$28.00

Cicadas' Zen Series 34
Qionghui Zou

Oils and Acrylics

12" x 16" (40cm x 30cm)

$800

Unframed (Edges are Painted, 1.75" depth)

The Cicadas' Language
2014 exhibition catalogue--hardcover
$65.00
 

Zou Qionghui
2010-2013 catalogue
$28.00