Zhu is a third generation artist coming from a long line of family artists. Mainly working with watercolours he has participated in several projects in China as a Concept Artist and Art Director, including feature and animation film and documentary etc. His paintings have been on show in Art Fairs from Dubai to Shanghai. Inspired by his father who is an artist of Chinese painting and several contemporary masters, Zhu paints on location to capture light and mood and tells stories through visual language. His paintings however are not taken from photographs; the landscapes, people and vivid scenes of life are captured live and in the moment.
NAME? // Laober Zhu.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Concept artist.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Production designer.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Art and family.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Losing hope.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Life with my grandmother in a beautiful village.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // Probably John Sargent a famous artist. Like him I am also an artist and traveler.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Necklace.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Don't watch TV.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // My worst trait is laziness.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Dishonesty.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Hannibal I guess.
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Cannon.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Can not remember.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Life of pi.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Human anatomy.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Everything in life, scenes, people.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // Yea, every day.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Venice.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Places at war.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Play video games.
WHY DUBAI? // Because there was a work opportunity in Dubai suites me well, and I just wanted to see the world.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // I think so.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Rural.
CATS OR DOGS? // Cats.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Tea.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Every funny thing.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Of course love and hate.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Take it easy, be simple.