ZHAO Kai Lin


Zhao Kai Lin was born in Bengbu, Anhui province of China in 1961. Since the age of eight, he knew he wanted to be a painter. In 1988, he earned a placement at the prestigious oil painting department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, a commendable achievement during his time. During the time of intensive training, he studied the works of Italian Renaissance painter Caravaggio and Dutch Renaissance master Rembrandt, which intrigued him in the their brushwork, employment of colour and manipulation of light. He also sought inspiration from American portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925). From 1992 to 1994, Zhao lived in Stockholm, Sweden where he started creating oil paintings and in 2003, he migrated to the US where he is now based. Today he is one of the most important and critically acclaimed Chinese artists of contemporary realism. His work involves personal stories and memories and each portrait speaks not only of the unspoken personal narratives of the Chinese females but also the inherent beauty and meaning of Chinese culture and life.


  •  1994     Oil Painting “Lake”, 2nd Winner, Asian Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan


  • 1991     Graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Professional Affiliation

  •  Member of the U.S Portrait Society

Private Collections

Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

Major Exhibitions

  •  1990     “Zhao Kai Lin Realism Oil Painting Exhibition”, Mexican Embassy, Beijing, China
  • 1991      “Zhao Kai Lin Oil Painting Exhibition”, Stockholm, Sweden
                 “China Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the
                  Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Japan”, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1992      “From the East”, Solo Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1993      “Zhao Kai Lin’s New Realism Oil Painting”, Stockholm, Sweden
                  “English & Chinese Culture-Art Exchange”, Perth, Scotland, UK
  • 1994      “Zhao Kai Lin’s Realism Oil Painting across Northern Europe Region”, Stockholm,
  • 1995       Asian Art Show, Hong Kong
                  International Art Fair, Beijing, China
  • 1997      “American Western Coast and Eastern Culture Foundation: International Exhibition”
                  Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
                  “Out of China”, Toronto, Canada
                  “Tone”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1998      “Out of China”, Kail Studio Artwork Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
                  Exhibition, Hong Kong
                  Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
                  Exhibition, Singapore
  • 1999       Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • 2000      “New Journey Beyond the Silk Road”, Exhibition for Kail Studio Artists Group, Cairns,
                  “Exhibition for Kail Studio”, San Francisco, California, USA
                  Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • 2001       International Art Fair at London, London, UK
                  International Art Celebration, Naples, Italy
  • 2002      “Portrait of Asian Artist”, Seville, Spain
                  “The Kail Studio Artists Group Show”, Perth, Scotland and London, UK
  • 2003       Art London, London, UK
  • 2004      “Kail Studio Artist Exhibition”, London, UK
  • 2005       Art Miami, Miami, USA
  • 2006       Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
                  “Zhao Kai Lin’s Realism Oil Painting”, Laguna Beach, California, USA
  • 2007       Art London, London, UK
                  “5th China Realism”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • 2008       Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2009       Art Miami, Miami, USA
  • 2010      “The Arts 2010 Art Space Exhibition”, New York, USA
                  Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China
                  Art London, London, UK
                  Art Miami, Miami, USA
                  “Out of China”, Three Artists Group Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
  • 2011      “Royal Academy of Art Exhibition”, London, UK
                  “Art Asia”, Miami, USA
  • 2012       Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, London, UK
                  “Masterpiece”, London, UK
                  “Art Hamptons”, Bridgehampton, New York, USA
                  “Art Asia”, Miami, USA
  • 2013       AHAF HK – The 9th Asia Hotel Art Fair, Hong Kong
                  Art Monaco, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
                  Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, London, UK
                  Art Miami, Miami, USA
  • 2014       LA Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
                  American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF), Palm Beach, Florida, USA
                  Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
                  Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Chicago, USA
                  Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong
                  The Baltimore Summer Art & Antique Show, Baltimore, USA
                  Asia Art Fair (AAF), New York, USA
                  Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, London, UK
                  Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong
                  Art Miami, Miami, USA
  • 2015       Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, USA



  • 2000     “New Realism Paintings – Zhao Kai Lin” – Beijing, China
  • 2006     “Chinese Power Painter – Zhao Kai Lin” – Tianjin, China
  • 2011     “Overseas Chinese Oil Painting Artist – Zhao Kai Lin” – Jilin, China