Zao Wou-Ki was one of the most recognizable members of the Paris School of the 1960s and was friends with artists such as Joan Miro and Pierre Soulages. His work has been and continues to be exhibited in major museums around the world. In France, he was awarded the highest civilian honour for his cultural achievements.
He is the most recognizable Chinese painter of the 1960s-70s. His style is most often described as expressive abstractionism in which he combines Chinese Zen culture with western expressionist art.