Liu Wei 刘韡, ‘Untitled’, Qiao Space

Liu Wei (b.1972) was born and presently resides in Beijing, China. He was trained as a painter at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou in 1996. He is heavily influenced by the instability and fluctuation peculiar to twenty-first century China, in particular with respect to its physical and intellectual landscape. Initially Liu belongs to the generation of artists known as the Post-Sensibility group; in the years since, with his paintings, videos and large-scale installations Liu has become a singular presence on the global art stage. Post-Duchampian, and actively negotiating with the legacy of the Modern, his works are known for crystallizing the visual and intellectual chaos of China’s myriad fraught transformations into an artistic language as versatile as it is distinctive. The long-term “Love It, Bite It” series of oxhide installations, “Jungle”canvas installations, “Density”book installations and the recent, monumental series of paintings “The East” and “Panorama” for instance, represent the immense diversity found in Liu Wei’s art: ruined, dystopian structures made of uncanny materials that pertain chiefly to the urban environment today, and painted surfaces of formidable tranquility that communicate actively with the history of abstract art. Liu Wei’s recent solo exhibitions include Panorama PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, 2016; Silver White Cube, Hong Kong, 2015; Colors Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2015.

Image rights: Courtesy of LIU WEI STUDIO/ 版权归属 刘韡工作室.


Venue: Qiao Space, Shanghai (2016)

About Liu Wei 刘韡

A multitalented member of the emerging generation of Chinese artists, Liu Wei has said he “[doesn’t] begin from a material or a technique […] I have an idea and then think about how to express it.” Working in a wide variety of media, Liu has progressed from witty cultural critiques, including “landscapes” composed of photographed buttocks and a sculpted six-foot turd studded with toy soldiers and electronic components, to evocative installation pieces that comment on urbanization and materialism in a rapidly changing China.

Chinese, b. 1972, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China