Flying Painting The Zhou Brothers: A Story of Revolution and Art

“A Story of Revolution and Art is an epic story of two Chinese brothers who became art-world legends, illustrated with stunning paintings by the artists themselves.”


First there was one Zhou brother, and then there were two. They lived in a bookstore with their grandmother, Po Po, whose stories of paintings that flew through the air and landed on mountain cliffs inspired them to create their own art. Amid the turbulence of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1970s, the Zhou Brothers began painting together on the same canvas. Today, ShanZuo and DaHuang Zhou are icons in the art world, renowned for working side by side on all their paintings and sculptures.


Flying Painting The Zhou Brothers: A Story of Revolution and Art is based on a true story and it gives us a glimpse of the lives of the Zhou brothers who changed the world of art.

In this extraordinary biography, author Amy Alznauer joins with the Zhou Brothers to tell the story of their unique and often difficult childhood and their pursuit of a wild, impossible dream. The lyrical writing blends elements of legend, while the brothers’ dramatic illustrations soar with vibrant colors and surreal imagery from ancient Chinese cliff paintings.

This children’s story is inspiring for young artists and dreamers of all kinds, this deeply felt collaboration explores how art can bring people together, as well as set them free. For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this story 5 stars out of 5.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here. The age recommendation for this book is five to nine years old.

About the Author

Amy Alznauer is the author of The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity, illustrated by Daniel Miyares. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. When she isn’t writing, she is teaching calculus and number theory classes at Northwestern University or spending time with her family in Chicago.

About the Illustrator

ShanZuo Zhou and DaHuang Zhou were born in China, where they started painting together on the same canvas. They left behind a promising art career in China when they moved to the United States, where they have flourished as fine artists creating work that is sold around the world, including a painting commissioned by President Obama and gifted to President Hu of China. They are the founders of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, where new artists work and show their art.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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