Zao Wou-ki tames the void. It is precisely what makes him stand out from the Western pictorial tradition, what sets him apart. Similarly to painters from the Song era, in the same manner as Chinese cities, he domesticates it, he is relentlessly seeking a new balance, yet volatile and uncertain, between fullness and void. Then, colour relinquishes volume and leaves the surface in order to dive deeper and slightly unveil the mystery of an empty world haunted by fullness.
Dominique de Villepin