A master of the contemporary realist oil painting movement, Zhao Kailin studied the form at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1991. Drawing from the Western tradition of portraiture and composition as well as Chinese culture, he narrates the direct gaze of his seated subjects, usually female, with a quiet aesthetic that speaks of inner beauty.
Zhao has shown works in solo exhibitions including “Zhao Kailin’s Realism Oil Paintings, Contemporary Chinese Fine Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (2006); and “Zhao Kailin’s Realism Oil Painting Across Northern Europe Region,” Kurt Svenssons Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (1994). His international group shows include “Eli Klein Fine Art Winter Exhibition,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (2010); 5th China Realism,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2007); “Kail Studio Artist Exhibition,” Gallery 27, London, England (2004); “Exhibition for Kail Studio,” Powell Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2000); and “New Journey Beyond the Silk Road: Kail Studio Artists,” Utopia Gallery, North Queensland, Cairns, Australia (2000).
Zhao was born in 1961 in Anhui, China. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.