Part of the legendary generation of artists who left China in the 1980s, Zhu was clearly marked by his move to another country and culture. It was in Germany that Zhu first encountered the work of Joseph Beuys, Carl Andre and Arte Povera amongst others.
Resembling colorful landscapes, Zhu's paintings range in palette and scale, but the artist is known to always apply his oil paint with spatulas and shovels. Producing dense lashings of color, the artist's method recalls the style and techniques espoused by the German Expressionists, who Zhu was profoundly influenced by during his years living in Berlin. In addition to painting, Zhu has also produced photographic, video, installation, and performance works.
Selected exhibitions of Zhu's include Thick Paint: Jean Fautrier, Franz West, Zhu Jinshi (2014) at Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, New York, USA; Zhu Jinshi: The Reality of Paint (2013) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong; Gravity to Balance Violence (2012) at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA; Power and Territory (2008) at Arario Gallery, Beijing, China; Orient/Ation, 4th International Istanbul Biennial,Turkey (1995); Fang (1990) at DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany; and The 1st Xing Xing (Stars Group) Exhibition (1979) at Gallery in