Zhu Wei was born in Beijing in 1966 and studied art at the Beijing Children's Palace from 1974 to 1975. In 1982 he joined the People's Liberation Army and graduated from the Art College of the P.L.A. in 1989. In 1992 his army unit was decommissioned and the following year he went to study at the
Beijing Academy of Film. He also established his own studio, the Zhu Wei Art Den. In 1994, he began to gain international acclaim following his first one-man exhibition presented by Plum Blossoms Gallery, Hong Kong. Zhu Wei is recognized as a most prolific painter, having produced six voluminous publications on his work that deals primarily with characters out of China's modern history. Zhu Wei divides his time between his studios in Beijing and New York, spending most of his time however, in Beijing. He exhibits his art through galleries and museums internationally.