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Yingxue Zuo

Yingxue Zuo stands in front of '60s - Cold War,' one of four murals in new show 'The Voice' at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Yingxue Zuo

Visual artist Yingxue Zuo’s family was persecuted by China’s ruling Communist Party when he was a child. His father was sent to a labor camp, where he died when Yingxue was 5 years old. His family was forced to move to ever-more remote cities in northeast China until, at age 15, he found himself working with a drill team searching for coal in the Changbai Mountains. 

It was a bleak situation. A family friend saw some drawings Zuo made and hung on his wall, and suggested he try to parlay his artistic skill into a brighter future.