Zhong-hua Lu Bio
Zhong-hua Lu was born in 1958 in Shandong Province, China. Starting at age five, Zhong-hua learned traditional brush painting and martial arts from his father and five uncles.
During the Cultural Revolution, traditional arts, philosophies, and customs were maligned as counter-revolutionary, and those who carried this knowledge were banished or killed. Zhong-hua continued to secretly practice until Chairman Mao died in 1976.
Zhong-hua lives in rural upstate NY with his wife Ellen Graf. He teaches traditional teaches traditional Chinese Arts, including tai chi and Chinese brush painting, at Mass MOCA, Williams College, The Capital Region Art Center, The Chinese Community Center, Eastover Retreat Center, and his home studio on the Rensselaer Plateau. Zhong-hua is also the 2016 Hudson Valley Seed Company artist for “Nozaki Cabbage” .
He has also received a 2018 NYFA Fellowship in Traditional Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts for his painting, “Chrysanthemum Season “.
For quality custom framed prints of his work in all sizes, look for Zhong-hua Lu on the YAG website: http://www.yourartgallery.com
About Ellen Graf
Ellen Graf is a writer and sculptor and lives in upstate NY with her husband Zhong-hua Lu.
She has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, and she holds an MFA in
creative writing from Bennington College.
The Natural Laws of Good Luck by Ellen Graf is the story of the Zhong-hua Lu’s marriage to artist Ellen Graf published in 2009 by Trumpeter/ Shambhala Press.
“One of the funniest and most moving love stories to come around in a long time.”—Library Journal
“A poignant, witty look at cultural misunderstandings, the intimacies of marriage, and the deep bonds of human connection.”—Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai’s Garden
“A compelling read for anyone with an interest in the nuts and bolts of how to keep a marriage together.” —Times Union
“A delightful account of East meets West in a loving relationship, complete with inevitable culture clashes resulting from wildly different ethnicities, customs, and background experiences. This appealing, true tale of adaptation (an ongoing process required in any marriage but taken here to extremes) is infused with an unforced sweetness and offers heartfelt and authentic proof of what we do for love.”—Booklist
“Ellen Graf and her husband, Lu Zhong-hua, take the realm of marriage and spin it on an irresistible new axis. Quite simply the greatest love story I’ve ever read.”—Aimee Liu, author of Cloud Mountain