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.

Timeline

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, CA
1987
Adjunct Professor, Chinese Art History, Department of Art, University of Texas, Arlington, TX
1989–1990
Assistant Professor of Art, University of Norh Texas, Denton, TX
1993
Eureka Fellowship, The Fleischhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA
1990–1995
Assistant Professor of Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA
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
Lives and works in Oakland, California, CA
2001–Present
Professor of Art, Mills College, Oakland, CA

Exhibitions

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)

Public Collections

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