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About Hung Liu

Bringing a deeply felt sense of the past to her paintings, prints, and installations, Hung Liu combines ancient and modern motifs from Chinese history to demonstrate her experience of history every day as an active, affecting presence. As she explains: “I have been painting in America since 1984, but Chinese history has always been the essence of my work.” Growing up in Communist China, Liu was trained in Socialist Realism. Her early works comprise black-and-white photographs of village life and paintings of landscapes and village scenes. Liu derives the subjects of her more recent paintings—including goddesses, heroines, and children—from historical photographs of China and its people. By combining these figures with classically rendered birds, flowers, and calligraphy, Liu mixes ancient and modern historical references, capturing the overlapping time periods out of which history itself is made.

Chinese-American, b. 1948, Changchun, China, based in Oakland, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Hung Liu: American Exodus, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2016
Hung Liu - Drifters, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum
2013
A Few of Our Favorite Things, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
2013
Hung Liu: Mid Autumn Moon, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
2011
Hung Liu: (re)pressed memory, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Hung Liu: American Exodus, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2016
Hung Liu - Drifters, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum
2015
Hung Liu: Migratory Seeds, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe
2015
Hung Liu: Tom Boy, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert
2013
Hung Liu: Mid Autumn Moon, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
2011
Hung Liu: (re)pressed memory, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The 12th Annual Fete, Diehl Gallery, Jackson
2015
Morehead-Cain Forum 2015, Turner Carroll Gallery, Chapel Hill
2014
Red, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe
2014
Survival, Turner Carroll Gallery
2014
Woven, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe
2013
A Few of Our Favorite Things, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
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