Chinese President Hu Jintao speaks during a state dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the State Dining Room of the White House Jan. 19, 2011.
For the Chinese leader, DaHuang and Shan Zuo Zhou created an original multi-textural oil painting on canvas. Inspiration arose from the brothers' passion and love of America, DaHuang said, and the brothers decided such an important project called for a work of a certain scale: the painting is 86 inches wide and 68 inches high. Six and eight have special meaning in China and are considered lucky numbers that also coincide with China's country code 86.
"From the Great Wall of China to the portraits of the eight U.S. Presidents since President Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972, the painting is replete with imagery and motifs that represent 5,000 years of Chinese culture and the friendship that our two countries have shared," White House officials said.
The brothers were on hand Tuesday night when President Obama gave the painting to President Hu.
"I think China represents the world's oldest culture ... but the U.S. represents great human energy and spirit," Shan Zuo said.