Jie Wei Zhou (Chinese, b.1962) was born in Shanghai, China, and is a master realist painter whose brushwork is characterized by its Impressionistic qualities. Working in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, he has won numerous awards, and has exhibited widely in China and the United States. He began studying art in middle school where his talent was recognized by his teachers. Even as a child, he took a sketchbook wherever he went, immersing himself in the study of light and form. He studied both Russian and French painting styles, earning a BA Degree from the Shanghai Normal University and a MFA from the Shanghai Drama Institute in 1991. He was one of only 11 students to do so, in a city of 13 million.
Jie Wei became a recognized artist in China, but he had long harbored a dream of painting and teaching in America. He sent rolled canvases to an American gallery, which sold them and deposited the money in a savings account to pay for his passage. He is now a permanent resident of the United States. Jie Wei varies his subject matter, but keeps it authentic. His subjects range from his wife and daughter, painted in traditional Chinese clothing, to stately canal scenes from Suchow. He has also received acclaim for his depictions of the tribal peoples of Tibet, Mongolia, and China.