"They are distinguished as the first artists permitted by the Chinese communist government to publicly display abstract art. In 1985, they were given an unprecedented exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, which also traveled to the five largest museums in China. That year, the Ministry of Culture awarded them with the National Prize of the Chinese Avante-Garde; and the United Nation sawarded them the Prize for Creativity from the Peace Corps. The international stage was theirs and they have remained in the United States since the late 1980s."
The Zhou Brothers work as a unique collaborative, forming what critics have called our most accomplished contemporary Chinese-American artists.
Their imagery reflects the profound influence of China's prehistoric cave paintings. A critic for ArtNews wrote, "They have examined with renewed interest the Neolithic cave paintings that ran for miles along cliffs in their native Guangxi," noting that their transferring those images "to a very contemporary, vital, and original painting idiom brought them recognition and even official acceptance in China in the 1980s."
They always work together on their paintings, performances, sculptures, and prints, often communicating without words in what they refer to as a dream dialog. The most important demonstration of their collaboration is their performance during the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2000. In front of the world's leaders, they created a large-format painting titled "New Beginnings" to give due treatment to their most important theme, humankind. Their work has been documented in over 20 books and catalogs and has been collected by private and public institutions worldwide.