Zhong-hua Lu grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China. Born in Shandong Province, he learned brush painting, martial and healing arts from his father and uncles during a time when the Chinese government condemned traditional arts. Zhong-hua continued to paint in secret. In 2000, Zhong-hua married Ellen Graf, an American artist and writer. Zhong-hua teaches traditional Chinese arts, including brush painting, Tai Chi, and Qigong, in Upstate NY. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant for painting in 2005 and was a finalist for the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Traditional Arts in 2015. Zhong-hua has taught brush painting at Mass MOCA, The Capital District Center for the Arts, and the Chinese Community Center in Latham, NY. He has taught Tai Chi at the NYS Theatre Institute and Williams College. Zhong-hua currently offers private instruction in his home studio.