Zhao Qingquan is a master of the Chinese art of penjing, a
Senior Landscape Engineer, an International Bonsai Instructor at
Bonsai Clubs International, and an International Consultant for the
World Bonsai Friendship Federation. He is currently on the staff of
the Penjing Museum of the Slender West Lake Garden.
Zhao's passion for penjing began at an early age under the influence of his family, and he later received training under the penjing expert, Professor Xu Xiaobai. In Zhao's four-decade long career, he has focused on the fusion of traditional Chinese culture and contemporary aesthetic sensibilities, and in the 1970s, he pioneered a new form known as the water-and-land penjing.
An internationally renowned master, Zhao has attended conferences and given lectures and demonstrations around the world. He has received numerous accolades, and in 2001, his penjing Trident Maples was added to the collection of the US National Arboretum. He is also the author of more than ten monographs.