Zen-ga means „Zen-Art“ and is not a word in Chinese or Japanese. The word was invented by art historians from the West.
The Japanese say “gazen ichimi” (Zen and art are one).
Here the art of ink painting serves as a medium to reach the Satori (enlightenment). Mostly figures with a buddhistic context are painted, but also items from daily life and landscapes.
Common for all these works is a presence and originality which interpret the maxim of Zen „here and now“ much better than words could ever do.
Famous Zen-buddhists like Hakuin and Sengai were masters of the Zen-Art of Painting.