Arriving in Australia in 1988, Xiaoping has travelled extensively throughout Arnhem Land and the Kimberley and the friendships he has made with indigenous Austalians has had a profound impact on his art. His collaboration with the late Jimmy Pike resulted in the frist exhibition of Aboriginal artwork in China in 1996. Zhou's paintings are in some sense, abstract, entrenched in the tradition of Chinese calligraphy with its fluidity of line and his use of symbols, such as the concentric circle motif, redolent with meaning, has parallels to Australian indigenous art where symbols contain specific information and power.
In 2011 Xiaoping exhibited Trepang, China & the Story of Macassan-Aboriginal trade in Beijing and the Melbourne Museum and at the Australian Embassy in Paris (in 2014). The exhibition featured collaborative works with Johnny Bulunbulun. More recently, Xiaoping has toured the exhibition Dialogues with the Dreaming throughout China in 2017.
As well as developing his unique style, Zhou continually experiments with different techniques, using ink and acrylic on rice paper, laid on canvas and then repainted to create a whorl of colour and a multi-layered texture, complementing the layering of perspective, meaning and narrative in his paintings which seem to traverse culture and time.