Shanxi province witnessed most of the historical events in ancient China and this influenced Liu Ruowang while growing up. In Liu’s works, their vitality seem to conceal their greatness. Liu Ruowang deserted the burden of imitating just forms, but pursued a higher level of ‘expressiveness’ on the basis of being similar in spirits. Where did we come from? Where are we going? What’s the burden on us? How should we save our souls? These questions are all in Liu’s works. As a Chinese proverb goes: ‘peaches and plums do not have to talk, yet the world beats a path to them.’ (桃李不言,树下成溪)
The souls of these ancients enter into our consciousness and gradually, viewers can’t help feeling the purity of our roots and the power of thinking when looking at such works, which is exactly the highest level of art creation. Liu Ruowang, with his fantastical composition, establishes the image of the modern group and recovers a connection between people’s history and us.