Zhao Wei was born in 1957 in Beijing. His family are of the Bai minority from Yunnan. Zhao Wei graduated from the Chinese Department of Beijing Normal University in 1985. In that same year his painting won an award for the Year of International Youth Celebration. After that, Zhao Wei has earned many more awards and recognitions all over China and abroad, most notably the Department of Culture entitled him "National Artist of the First Class" in 1999.
His Art Show in the US, 2000