Born in Shanghai in 1963, Zhang Linhai grew up in Shexian County of Hebei Province and graduated from Print department of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. His artworks participated in international exhibitions for many times among which there are shows held in main cities of Europe from 2002 to 2004. He had participated in Chinese contemporary art touring exhibitions held in Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy, Ludwig Museum of Hungary, MKM Museum of Germany, Portland City Hall Art Gallery, La Lionja of Spain and others, as well as domestic shows held in Today Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, etc.
Zhang Linhai absorbed elements from Surrealistic art in his painting and starting from Realism, he went on an Imagery Realism way similar to Chinese classical poems. Linhai was majored print at school so he draws oil painting in a similar way of print making which has large area of pure and strong color tone. Once we talk about Linhai, we can never avoid talking about his illness disabled body and a twisted life full of fantasy. If we use words to conclude Zhang Linhai’s life and art experiences, the three words——disaster, salvation, miracle——will appear repeatedly. These words tangle together and unceasingly develop each other mutually. A people who might have lived a normal life depicted the fighting picture between Buddha and monster, agony and happiness through time. Maybe it’s quite difficult to understand Linhai, because he put all his questioning of life, pondering of fate, experiencing of pain and pleasure into mysterious perplexity and self-liberation; his expression is fairly obscure and personalized, yet he is never as slippery in his artistic quality as many others who could only reply and treat with problems with problem.