Born in Gansu, China, Zhang graduated from the Affiliated Senior High School of Central Academy of Fine Arts and Central Academy of Arts and Design. In 1982, he settled down in the United States. Zhang reinterprets the masterpieces of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy with western colors and brush marks. He reserves the composition and wide horizon of traditional Chinese landscape painting fully with western painting technique and starts the conversations between past and present, east and west with his own paint brush. He frees himself boldly from the traditional Chinese and western aesthetics and provides the viewers with a whole new visual experience from an objective perspective.