Yong Zhou was born in 1953 in Anhui Province in China. He graduated from Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts with his master's degree in oil painting. As a renowned oil painting artist, Zhou is currently a professor at the New Jersey Art Academy, which he founded; Artistic Consultant of the Asian Cultural Center, Rutgers University; Deputy Director of the Chinese Department, New England Museum of Connecticut for Contemporary Art and professor at the Xinjing Arts Institute and Xinjing Normal University in China.
For over 20 years, Zhou explored Xinjing and its unique minority culture and represented such experience in his work. In 1993, he received the "World Environmental Artistic Competition" Award conferred by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for his paintings. He was invited to the U.S. to hold a solo exhibition in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Due to his artistic talent and achievements in oil painting, the United Nations sponsored Zhou for the "Outstanding Intellectual" immigration program, and his family moved to the U.S. in 1995.
與前聯合國環境發展委員會主席Theodore W. Kheel合影
周勇在世界各地均舉辦畫展，尤其在美國紐約、舊金山、費城、中國北京、新疆、香港及台北等地留下足跡。新澤西州前州長麥克格律威（Jim McGreevey）先生、美國前能源部部長、新澤西州前州長惠特曼（Christie T. Whitman）女士均邀請周勇為其繪製個人肖像。
Zhou's paintings have been exhibited in countries and regions across the world. In particular, his works have been highly acclaimed in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Taipei, Hong Kong and Xinjiang in China. In recent years, art institutes and collectors have collected his works, Jim McGreevy, the 52nd Governor if New Jersey and Christie Whiteman, the 50th Governor of New Jersey and also the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator invited Zhou to draw portraits of them.
與美國前能源部部長、新澤西州前州長Christie T. Whitman 及先生John R. Whiteman合影
The themes of Zhou's paintings are either the mysterious Asian hinterland or the vast sceneries of American West, embodying the harmonious beauty between man and nature. He has intentionally kept the subject of his paintings somewhat obscure, leaving room for imagination. In essence, a profound tone permeates his works, represented by rich colors and deep, simple contours, all of which exhibit his unique personal style in oil painting. Zhou's paintings so overflow with the spirit of freedom that one can truly feel the joie de vivre so central to art.
Awards, Exhibitions & Lectures:
"Yong Zhou Solo Exhibition" - China National Museum of Fine Arts, 2014
Held large group exhibition in New Jersey State Art Museum in Trenton with participation of many famous Chinese painters from China and United States, 2013
Received national Award for Outstanding art teaching, 2012
Elected to be Chairman of Overseas Chinese American Artist Association to organize “May Chinese Fine Arts Festival in America”.
Held Large group Exhibition in Princeton University and United Nations with participation of many famous Chinese painters, 2010
Yong Zhou was elected a member of the evaluation committee for the book " Paintings of Chinese American Artists” edited by the New England Museum of Connecticut, 2009.
"Yong Zhou's Painting Exhibition" - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, 2008.
"Yong Zhou Solo Exhibition" - China National Museum of Fine Arts, 2007.
Yong Zhou was invited to offer lectures at Rutgers University and Kean University in 2005.
"Yong Zhou Solo Exhibition" - New York and New Jersey Asian Cultural Center, 2004.