Founder & Professor, American Artist League
A graduate from the Xian Academy of Fine Arts in oil painting, Yong Zhou is a professional oil painter and educator. Currently, he is a professor at the New Jersey Fine Arts School, which he founded, and the Xinjiang Art Institute.
As a United Nations “outstanding intellectual,” Mr. Zhou won the prestigious United Nations Green Future Awareness award. He toured the U.S., and then, in 1995, immigrated to the U.S. to chase his American Dream. As an educator for the fine arts, Mr. Zhou has received multiple regional and national Scholastic Drawing and Writing Awards. Over the last two decades, thousands of NJ Fine Arts Academy graduates have won hundreds of regional and national awards, notably the prestigious American Congress Art Competition for the past seven consecutive years and the Celebrating Art Competition Awards. His students have been admitted to numerous leading U.S. and international institutions. Mr. Zhou’s paintings have been widely exhibited worldwide, including in the headquarters of the United Nations and in Newark, New Brunswick, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Hong Kong, Beijing, Xingjing, and Taipei.
He is currently working on series of works related to the historic anti-Japanese War and early Chinese immigrants to the U.S. and their contribution to building American railroads. Since 2010, with the support from the China National Academy of Painting, Mr. Zhou has built a bridge between Eastern and Western artists and institutions and founded the May China platform and the American Artist League for cross-national and cultural exchanges. Over the past seven years, artists in the organization have worked together to organize art exhibitions, academic seminars, publications, resident programs in China and U.S., and participation in China’s Road and Belt International Art Programs.