Hung Liu  (American/Chinese, 1948) 

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Hung Liu (Chinese, b.1948) is a renowned painter, born in Changchun, China. In 1975, she attended Beijing Teachers College in Beijing, and after that she studied mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. As a young woman, Liu was sent to the Chinese countryside for four years during the Cultural Revolution. Enrolling at the University of California in San Diego, La Jolla, CA, she had to wait four years to receive a passport and finally graduated with an MFA in 1986. Most of Liu's paintings have their basis in anonymous Chinese historical photographs.

In her works, she uses photographs of refugees, women, soldiers, and children. Some critics, pointing to her use of large and drippy paintings layered with linseed oil, claim that Liu is using her paintings to examine the strict academicism of the Chinese Socialist Realist style, the same style that was used to train her. Liu was one of the first Chinese artists to study in the United States, and thus her works can be used to represent the push-and-pull factor between immigration and migration. Examples of her paintings include Silk Road (1990), Dry Days (2004), and Hard Times (2010).

Liu has held numerous solo exhibitions in different places, including Foreign Students Dining Hall, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (1981), Brazos Gallery, Richard College, Dallas, TX (1988), and Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL (2010). In addition, she has also participated in many group exhibitions in diverse places, such as Winter Palace Gallery, Beijing, China (1978), Asia Society Galleries, New York, NY (1994), and Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL (2010).

Liu is an accomplished artist, and over the years, she has received many awards, grants, and recognitions. Some of these include the Capp Street Project Stipend, San Francisco, CA (1988) and the Contemporary Art by Women of Color Artists' Award, Guadalupe Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX (1990). Since 1990, Liu has been a professor of painting at Mills College, Oakland, CA. She is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY, the Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA, and the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL. Liu currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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Hung Liu, Waiting for Rain III

 

Hung Liu
Waiting for Rain III
2012

Turner Carroll Gallery
Hung Liu, Spring Thunder

 

Hung Liu
Spring Thunder
2012

Turner Carroll Gallery
Hung Liu, Persephone IV

 

Hung Liu
Persephone IV
2013

Turner Carroll Gallery
Hung Liu, Flower Girl Gold

 

Hung Liu
Flower Girl Gold
2012

Turner Carroll Gallery
Hung Liu, Portrait of a Chinese Self #3

 

Hung Liu
Portrait of a Chinese Self #3
2013

Turner Carroll Gallery
Hung Liu, Birdsong

 

Hung Liu
Birdsong
Gail Severn Gallery
Hung Liu, Green Mountains

 

Hung Liu
Green Mountains
2012

Turner Carroll Gallery
Hung Liu, Manchu Lady with Cherry Lips

 

Hung Liu
Manchu Lady with Cherry Lips
2011

Turner Carroll Gallery
Hung Liu, Relic VIII

 

Hung Liu
Relic VIII
2004

Turner Carroll Gallery
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Hung Liu, Trademark

 

Hung Liu
Trademark, 1992
photolithograph w/wooden blocks

 

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Hung Liu, Sepia 1900

 

Hung Liu
Sepia 1900, 1990
mixed media

 

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Hung Liu, Permutation/Hoops

 

Hung Liu
Permutation/Hoops, 1997
colored etching

 

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1948   Born in Changchun, China
1975   Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art and Art Education, Beijing Teachers College, Beijing, China
1981   Graduate Student (MFA equivalent) Mural Painting, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
1981 - 1984   Professor of Art, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China
1986   Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego, USA
1987   Adjunct Professor, Chinese Art History, Department of Art, University of Texas, Arlington, USA
1989 - 1990   Assistant Professor of Art, University of Norh Texas, Denton, USA
1993   Eureka Fellowship, The Fleischhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA
1990 - 1995   Assistant Professor of Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA
1996   San Francisco Women's Center Humanities Award, San Francisco, CA
1998   The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. Painters Sculptors Grant, New York, NY
1995 - 2001   Associate Professor of Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA
  Lives and works in Oakland, California, USA
since 2001   Professor of Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA
2013   Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (solo)
2013   Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA (solo)
2013   Qian Shan: Grandfather’s Mountain, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2013   Hung Liu: Offerings, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA (solo)
2012   Cycle: New Works by Hung Liu, di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery, Napa, CA (solo)
2012   Happy and Gay, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2012   Forty Years, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY
2012   Women: By, Of, About, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY
2012   TBA, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MI, USA (solo)
2011   Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
2011   Pressed Memory, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM, USA (solo)
2011   ZZs @ Za Za!, Turner Carroll Gallery @ Hotel Za Za, Dallas, TX, USA (solo)
2011   First Spring Thunder Alexander Ochs Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2011   Hung Liu, Elizabeth de Brabant Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
2011   Za Zhong, Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY, USA (solo)
2010   Richter Scale, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL, USA (solo)
2010   Za Zhong, 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong, China (solo)
2010   Earthquake Sketchbook, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO, USA (solo)
2010   The Layers, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID, USA (solo)
2010   Drawing from Life and Death, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA (solo)
2010   Leap, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA (solo)
2010   Sundown of the Last Dynasty: Tapestries and New Prints by Hung Liu, Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, December 05, USA (solo)
2010   Apsaras / 飞天, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO, USA (solo)
2009   Hung Liu, Prodigal Daughters, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, China (solo)
2009   Hung Liu: Remote Portraits, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (solo)
2009   Hung Liu: Prints & Paintings, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho, USA (solo)
2009   Hung Liu: Migration/Immigration, Curated by Michael Schwager, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA (solo)
2009   Cycles, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA (solo)
2009   Galeria Omar Alonso Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (solo)
2009   "Indelible Ink," Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Denver, Colorado
2008   “Half-Life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the San Francisco, CA
2008   Logan Collection,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2008   “Ying: Inspired by the Art and History of China,” The Museum of Art and History Santa Cruz, CA
2008   “Crouching Paper, Hidden Dragon: Works on Paper,” F2 Gallery Beijing, China
2008   “Far From Home,” North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh, NC
2008   “Being China,” Saint Vincent Gallery Latrobe, PA
2008   Hung Liu: New Work, Turner Carroll Gallery Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2008   Prodigal Daughter, F2 Gallery Beijing, China (solo)
2008   Tai Cang (Great Granary), Xin Beijing Art Gallery (XBAG) Beijing, China (solo)
2008   San Francisco Museum of Art San Francisco, CA (solo)
2008   Hung Liu: Now and Then, Fred Jones Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma Norman, OK (solo)
2008   Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA (solo)
2008   Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA (solo)
2008   Hung Liu: Memorial Grounds 1988 – 2006, SCAD – Savannah, Pei Ling Chang Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, USA (solo)
2008   SCAD – Atlanta, ACA Gallery of SCAD, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (solo)
2008   Rat Years, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)
2007   Daughters of China, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2007   Hung Liu: New Work, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (solo)
2007   Hung Liu - Za Zhang: Bastard Painting, Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (solo)
2007   Hung Liu: Old Road, West Wind, iPreciation Gallery, Singapore (solo)
2007   Matriarchs, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA (solo)
2007   “Continuum: Innovative Prints from 1992 - 2007,” Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Silver Spring, MD
2007   “A Tribute to Peter Selz,” B. Sakata Garo Gallery Sacramento, CA
2007   “Women's Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers,” Salem, OR
2007   Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University
2007   “Contemporary Combustion: Chinese Artists in America” New Britain Museum of Art New Britain, CT
2007   “Home Sweet Home,” San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose, CA
2007   “In Your Face,” Bernice Steinbaum Gallery Miami, FL
2007   “High Fiber,” American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center Washington, DC
2007   “Ten Tapestries from Magnolia Editions,” Richard L. Nelson Gallery Davis, CA
2007   “Big Picture: Provisions for the Arts of Social Change,” Nathan Cummings Foundation New York, NY
2007   “Contemporary Prints from Shark's Ink,” Art Space Jackson, WY
2007   “New Year, New Gifts,” San Jose Museum of Art San Jose, CA
2006   Hung Liu: Matriarchy, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China
2006   The Vanishing: Re-presenting the Chinese in the American West, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
2006   Full Circle: Revolutions in the Paintings of Hung Li, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA
2006   Hung Liu: Za Zhong – Bastard Paintings, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York
2006   Hung Liu: Za Zhong - Bastard Paintings, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York, USA (solo)
2006   Hung Liu: New Work, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
2006   Matriarchy: Hung Liu’s New Work, Art Scene China Warehouse, Shanghai, China (solo)
2005   Hung Liu: Female Radical Nu Zi Pang, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York
2005   Hung Liu: An Exhibition of New Works, Trillium Press, Cal
2005   Hung Liu: A Decade of Paintings, Guilford College, North Carolina
2005   The Vanishing: Re-presenting the Chinese in the American West, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah & Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon & University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
2005   Relic: New Paintings, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida
2004   Hung Liu: Lament, Art Scene China and Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China
2004   Hung Liu Solo Exhibition, Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Missouri
2003   New Prints by Hung Liu, Paulson Press, California
2003   Geography of Memory: Selected Works by Hung Liu, Monterey Museum of Art, California
2003   Hung Liu: Revolutionary Daughter, Michael Berger Gallery, Pennsylvania
2003   Hung Liu: Toward Peng-Lai (Paradise), Rena Bransten Gallery, California
2003   Hung Liu: Works on Paper, B. Sakata Garo Gallery, California
2002   Strange Fruit: New Paintings by Hung Liu, Organized by Arizona State University Art Museum, Tepe, AZ and Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID (solo)
2002   Hung Liu, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL (solo)
2002   Art/Woman/California: Parallels and Intersections, 1950-2000, San Jose Museum of Art, CA
2001   “Hung Liu", Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida
2001   A Retrospective of Contemporary Paintings by Hung Liu, Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX (solo)
2001   Hiu Yin (echoes), Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (solo)
2001   Studio Sessions: New Paintings by Hung Liu, Craft and Cultural Arts Department, City of Oakland and State of California Gallery, Oakland, CA (solo)
2001   Collecting Our Thoughts: The Community Responds to Art in the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, CA
2001   Digital Printmaking Now, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
2001   About Face: Considering Portraits, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001   Winter Work, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2001   Show Time, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000   New Paintings, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2000   Where is Mao? 2000, The Art Center, Center of Academic Resources, Chulalongkom University, Bangkok, Thailand (solo)
2000   Hung Liu, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO (solo)
2000   Hung Liu, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2000   The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT (solo)
2000   Critical Masses, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2000   Text and Subtext - Contemporary Art and Asian Women, Earl Lu Gallery, La Salle-Sia College of the Arts, Singapore
2000   Paper Cuts, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000   The View from Here, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1999   “Hung Liu,” the Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut (solo)
1999   “Hung Liu; Paintings”, Miami University Hiestand Galleries, Oxford, Ohio (solo)
1999   Hung Liu, New Work, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998   “Chinese Types,” Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California (solo)
1998   Hung Liu: A Survey, 1988 - 1998, The College of Wooster Art Museum Wooster, OH(solo)
1997   Hung Liu, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery NYC (solo)
1997   “Hung Liu,” Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California (solo)
1997   "Hung Liu: Unfolding Memory - Embodying History”, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale, New York (solo)
1996   Branches, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery Fayetteville, AR (solo)
1996   Feudal Remnants, Rena Bransten Gallery San Francisco (solo)
1996   Focus, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Fort Wayne, IN (solo)
1995   The Last Dynasty, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery NYC (solo)
1995   "Can-ton, the Baltimore Series,” Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland (solo)
1994   Jiu Jin Shan: Old Gold Mountain, Installation, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum San Francisco (solo)
1994   "Hung Liu- Paintings and Installation," University of California at Irvine, Fine Arts Gallery, Irvine, California (solo)
1994   “Tales of Chinese Women,” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin (solo)
1993   New Work, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1993   Two Small Bodies, Churchill County Library, Churchill Arts Council, Fallon, Nevada, USA (solo)
1992   "Sittings," Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York (solo)
1991   Bad Women, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1990   "Trauma, 1989" mixed media installation, Diverseworks, Houston, Texas (solo)
1989   Goddesses of Love and Liberty, Nahan Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1989   Chinese Pieta, mixed-media installation, The Women's Building, Los Angeles, California. USA (solo)
1989   Trauma, mixed-media installation, Sushi Gallery, San Diego, California, USA (solo)
1989   Where is Mao?, an installation of an ironic memorial to Mao Tse Tung, version II, Brown-Lupton Gallery, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA (solo)
1988   Where is Mao?, an installation of an ironic memorial to Mao Tse Tung, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, California, USA (solo)
1988   Resident Alien, an off-site installation of the Capp Street Project, Monadnock Building, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1988   Figures, Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, Texas, USA (solo)
1988   Where is Mao?, an installation of an ironic memorial to Mao Tse Tung, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, California, USA (solo)
1988   Resident Alien, an off-site installation of the Capp Street Project, Monadnock Building, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1988   Figures, Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, Texas, USA (solo)
1987   Combinations, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, USA (solo)
1987   Once There Were Ten Suns, a dual-site mixed-media installation, D-Art Visual Art Center & South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, USA (solo)
1986   Canto, installation, MFA exhibition, Annex Gallery, University of California, San Diego, USA (solo)
1985   Grotto Variations, mural installation, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, USA (solo)
  Robert & Karen Duncan, Lincoln, NE, USA
  Christine Wheeler, New York, NY, USA
  Eric & Barbara Dobkin, New York, NY, USA
  Gerald & Ellen Sigal, Washington D.C., USA
  John & Darcy Hadjipateras, Stanford, CT, USA
  Esther S. Weissman, Cleveland, OH, USA
  Jan & Roger Hoffman, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  Edward Downe, Baltimore, MD, USA
  Aaron & Marion Borenstein, Ft. Wayne, IN, USA
  Ed & Linda Blackburn, Fort Worth, TX, USA
  Diane Middlebrook & Carl Djerassi, London, UK
  Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lerdal, San Francisco, CA, USA
  Catherine Muther, San Francisco, CA, USA
  Joan Danforth, San Francisco, CA, USA
  Ann Hatch, San Francisco, CA, USA
  Janet Holmgren, Oakland, CA, USA
  Shari & Garen Staglin, Napa, CA, USA
  Peter & Nancy Gennet, Napa, CA, USA
  Dick & Ann Grace, St. Helena, CA, USA
  Emily & Dick Shieh, San Diego, CA, USA
  Bernice & Harold Steinbaum, Miami, FL, USA
  Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
  City of San Francisco, Public Art Program, CA, USA
  City of San Jose, CA, USA
  City of Cerritos, Cerritos Library, CA, USA
  Free Clinic, San Francisco, CA, USA
  AT & T Corporation
  The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN, USA
  Interra Financial, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  King County Public Art Collection, Seattle, WA, USA
  Larry Evans Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
  Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA
  Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, USA
  Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, USA
  Mills College, Oakland, CA, USA
  Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, USA
  Santa Clara University, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA, USA
  Baruch College, William & Anita Newman Library, City University of New York, NY, USA
  The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
  Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
  Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA, USA
  The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco-H. M. de Young Memorial Museum, CA, USA
  Los Angeles County Museum, CA, USA
  Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA, USA
  National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
  Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, USA
  Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
  First Western Trust Bank, Denver, CO, USA
  Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
  Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, USA
  The Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA
  Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA
  San Francisco Federal Building, San Francisco, CA, USA
  Dallas Museum of Art, TX, USA
  Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE, USA
  Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA
  Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, USA
  San Jose Museum of Art, CA, USA
  Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, USA
  San Francisco International Airport, CA, USA
  Oakland International Airport, Port of Oakland, CA, USA
  National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, USA
  Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, USA
  Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA
  Oakland Museum of California, CA, USA
  The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA