The Sandnes-based artist focuses on oil paintings that quite predominantly feature poignant images of women. “I was born in Beijing in 1962, and grew up in Shanghai. My upbringing was free and open-minded, which was rather different from the traditional way, much due to my father having studied in Russia for many years,” he says. “When returning from Russia, he brought with him a lot of art books. This had a big effect on me from childhood, but like so many other Chinese children, I was forced to study music and learn to play an instrument,” Zhu continues.