Abstract painter Zao Wou-ki, whose work fetched millions of dollars and set records at auction, died Tuesday. He was 93.
Zao suffered from Alzheimer's disease and poor health. He was living near Geneva with his third wife, Francoise Marquet, a former curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Paris.
The Beijing-born artist is known for blending Chinese techniques with Western aesthetics, a style that proved valuable to Asian collectors.
His pieces, which often sold for between $1 million and $2 million, fetched a total of $90 million at auction in 2011, making him the top-selling living Chinese artist. Last week, his piece “10.03.83” surpassed pre-sale estimates and sold for $4.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.