Artworks by Liu Xiaodong

Young Heroes by Liu Xiaodong

200 x 200 cm
Oil on Canvas

Newly Displaced Population by Liu Xiaodong

300 x 1000 cm
Oil on Canvas (4 panels)

Qi Qi by Liu Xiaodong

200 x 200 cm
Oil on Canvas

Liu Xiaodong

刘小东

Born 1963 in Liaoning Province, China
Lives and works in Beijing, China
Liu Xiaodong is regarded as one of China’s finest painters. His canvases are known for having rich colors, strong brush strokes, unusual framing (including cut off heads and limbs) and near perfect technique. Many of his portraits are drawn from snapshots of friends or family members, doing ordinary things, like eating, laughing or playing games. An early, defining moment for Liu was when he was given a picture of a Lucien Freud painting. Intrigued by Freud’s ability to capture a person’s inner power, Liu decided to concentrate on figurative painting. In 1993, he and his wife, also a painter, played themselves in a friend’s “neo-realist” film, and Liu was attracted to neo-realism’s focus on common people rather than on metaphysical shapes and ideas. In later years, Liu has put aside his earlier emphasis on meticulously chosen scenery and composition with careful brushwork, and instead he began to try to paint more boldly and spontaneously.

Liu Xiaodong studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oil painting in 1988. In 1995 he was awarded a Masters of Fine Art in oil painting at the same university. From 1998 he continued his studies overseas at the Academy of Fine Arts at the Madrid Complutense University in Spain. At the moment he teaches at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
Liu Xiaodong held his recent solo shows at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, “Hometown Boy” (2010); at TimeZone8, Beijing, China, “The Richness of Life: The Personal Photographs of Contemporary Chinese Artist Liu Xiaodong 1984-2006” (2007);, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China, “Liu Xiaodong: Painting from Life” (2006); Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California, “The Three Gorges Project – Painting by Liu Xiaodong” (2006). He was also part at important group exhibitions of Chinese Contemporary Art, for example “Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition”, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts (2010), “The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art”, Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2009), “Made in China”, Louisiana Museum for Moderna Kunst, Humlebæk, Denmark (2007).

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1990

Liu Xiaodong, Gallery of Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
2000
Liu Xiaodong and His Times, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, California.
Liu Xiaodong 1990-2000, Museum of Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
2001
Liu Xiaodong, Loft Gallery, Paris, France.
2002
Liu Xiaodong, Art Center of Donghai University, Taiwan.
2003
Liu Xiaodong, Eslite Gallery, Taiwan.
2004
Eighteen Soldiers Between Mainland and Taiwan, Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art, Jinmen, Taiwan, China.
Three Gorges: Displaced Population & Three Gorges; Newly Displaced Population, Chinablue Gallery & CAAW, Beijing, China.
2005
Childhood Friend Getting Fat, Loft Gallery, Paris, France.
2006
Liu Xiaodong: New Work – Domino, Xin Gallery, Beijing, China.
Hot Bed – A Painting Project by Liu Xiaodong, Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
Liu Xiaodong: Painting from Life, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China.
The Three Gorges Project – Painting by Liu Xiaodong, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California.
2007
The Richness of Life: The Personal Photographs of Contemporary Chinese Artist Liu Xiaodong 1984-2006, TimeZone8, Beijing, China.
Liu Xiaodong, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2008
Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Beijing Girls, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY. (curated by Karen Smith)
2009
Traces: Liu Xiaodong, Angle Gallery, Beijing, China.
2010
Liu Xiaodong – Yan’ Guan Town, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
2011
Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
2012
Liu Xiaodong: The Process of Painting, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria.
These Days, Very Happy, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy.
2013
Liu Xiaodong: Hotan Project, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China.
In Between Israel and Palestine, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY.
Half Street, Lisson Gallery, London, England.
2014
Childhood Friends Getting Fat: Moving Image of Liu Xiaodong 1984-2014, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
2015
Liu Xiaodong: Painting as Shooting, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1989
Chinese/Avant Garde, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China.
1991
20th Century China, China Art Gallery, Beijing, China.
1992
Art Today in China, California Art Institute, Valencia, California.
1993
New Art from China: Post 1989, Marlborough Gallery, London, England.
1994
Liu Xiaodong and Yu Hong, OIPCA East Village, NYC, NY.
Between East and West: Transformation of Chinese Art in the Late 20th Century, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
1995
Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting from Realism to Post Modernism, Galerie Theoremes, Brussels, Belgium.
1997
La 47 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
1998
Representing the People, Laing Museum, Newcastle, England.
East Meets East in the West, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, California.
1999
Gate of Century: 1979-99, Modern Art Museum of Chengdu, Chengdu, China.
2000
The New Face of China, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
Chinese Art in the 20th Century, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
Shanghai Spirit, Shanghai International Biennale, Shanghai, China.
2001
China Art Now, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
2002
A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art – First Guanzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China.
On the Edge of the Millennium: New Art from China, Goedhuis Contemporary, London, England.
2003
Premier Luers sur l’Orient – l’Aventure de la Peinture Chinoise au 20 Siecle, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France.
First Beijing Biennial Art Exhibition, National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
Alors, La Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
2004
Dreaming of the Dragon’s Nation, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.
2005
Mahjong: Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
The Wall – Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China.
2006
The Blossoming of Realism – Oil Painting in Mainland China Since 1978, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, China.
15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
2007
Korea-China Contemporary Art Exhibition – Giants in Illusion, Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, South Korea.

Painting of Modern Life, Hayward Gallery, London, England.

Made in China, Louisiana Museum for Moderna Kunst, Humlebæk, Denmark.

Made in China, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.

The Painting of Modern Life, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, England.
2008
Case Studies of Artists in Art History and Art Criticism, SZ Art Center, Beijing, China.
Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.
Waiting on the Wall: Chinese New Realism and Avant-garde in the Eighties and Nineties, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands.
China 21 Century, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy.
2009
The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art, Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Collision, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.
2010
Reshaping History – Chinart from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China.
Contemporary Art from China and Belgium, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art 1979-2009, The Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
2012
Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Singapore.
2013
From Beijing: Works by the Faculty of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art, NYC, NY.
Host & Guest, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2014
Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea.