Zhao was interested in classics and humanities since his youth, founding it easier to interact with friends who went abroad to Europe while China gradually entered an age of materialism. Zhao especially attempted to secure the purity of painting by neo-classically reinterpreting the resurrection of classicism during the Renaissance, the rediscovery of nature, and the expression of individual creativity based on his own experiences and research on post-humanism. He attempted to find the essence of painting by combining the spirit of classicism with the icons of contemporary society and thus brought about a new form of minimalist painting with his novel concept.
Humanism or human aspects such as sensibility, emotion, and creativity are the key issues in today’s society where A.I. is replacing human beings. For Zhao, it is the artist’s role to try to return back to the age of classicism and recreate arts that reflect the minds of society's younger generations. In this way, the artist re-explores the importance of painting by thinking continuously about the humanistic conceptions and spiritual issues embedded between two eras. Zhao seeks to create a new, utopian beauty and find his own identity by succeeding the perspective of artists during the Renaissance who were proficient in many fields including architecture, painting, sculpture, design, and philosophy.
Zhao was born in China in 1982. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions around China and in London since 2011. His work has been featured in group exhibitions since 2007 in international galleries and museums such as Foundation Taylor (Paris), Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), Hakgojae Gallery (Seoul), Asia Art Center (Taipei, Taiwan), CCRN (Luxembourg), and Manheim Kunstverein (Mannheim, Germany), amongst many others.