Liu Wei  (Chinese, 1965) 

Liu Wei (Chinese, b.1965) is a painter associated with the Cynical Realism movement and best known for his semi-abstract depictions of flowers and landscapes. Born in Beijing, he studied printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and became part of the Cynical Realism movement after graduating in 1989. That year marked the Tiananmen Square Incident and the cancellation of an official avant-garde exhibition, and Liu Wei, like many other Chinese artists, felt disenchanted with the authorities. In one of Liu Wei’s well-known paintings titled New Generation (1990), the childhood figures of the artist and his brother are sitting in front of a large image of Mao. Liu Wei suggests that Mao has become a historical icon, not a significant influence on everyday life in China, and the resurgence of political control and conservatism cannot take the same form. Over time, Liu Wei’s work has become more abstract and less political, dealing instead with universal themes of decay, death, and the manipulation of expression. The loose brushwork of his more recent work shows strong influences of Chinese calligraphy, ink-brush painting, and Abstract Expressionism. His work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Gallery of Art, the Guangdong Art Museum in Guangzhou, China, and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei. He lives and works in Beijing.

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Liu Wei, 你喜歡我嗎? (You Like Me? Why Not!)


Liu Wei
你喜歡我嗎? (You Like Me? Why Not!)

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
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Liu Wei, Untitled (Pond)


Liu Wei
Untitled (Pond)

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Liu Wei, I like smoking


Liu Wei
I like smoking

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Liu Wei, Businessman Series


Liu Wei
Businessman Series

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Liu Wei, Van Gogh's Painting


Liu Wei
Van Gogh's Painting

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Liu Wei, Landscape


Liu Wei

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Liu Wei, Untitled


Liu Wei

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Liu Wei, Untitled


Liu Wei

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Liu Wei, Untitled


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Liu Wei, 商人系列 (Business man series)


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商人系列 (Business man series), 2001
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Liu Wei, Business man


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Business man, 2000
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Liu Wei, Untitled


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Untitled, 2004
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1965   Born in Beijing
1989   Graduated from Print Making Department,Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
  Currently Lives in Beijing, China; Professional artist
2007   New Interface 3 - Searching the future, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China
2006   Flowers Fall. Streams Flow - Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
2005   Land of Warmth - the opening exhibition of Red Bridge Gallery Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China
2005   Works on paper,Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2005   Loft Gallery, Paris, France
2005   Always to the front, China Contemporary Art, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National
2004   Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2004   Bexond boundaries, Opening Exhibition, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2004   “Flowers” Leporello-books/ Drawings, GalerieUrsMeile, Luzern, Switherland
2002   The !st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum,Guangzhou, China
2001   Towards a New Image: Twenty Years of Contemporary Chinese Painting,Touring Show in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, China
2001   Liu Wei and Zhao Gang 2001, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2001   Loft Gallery, Paris, France
2000   Think Aloud, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000   The New Face of China Art, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000   “New Chinese Artists” Group Exhibition, Sydney, Australia
1999   “Neo-Modernism in New Millennium”, San Francisco, America
1999   Zeitwenden- The Outlook Kunstmuseum Boon, Boon, Germany
1999   China Art, Limn Gallery, New York, USA
1999   Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA
1998 - 1999   Inside Out: New China Art, Asia Society, P.S.1, New York, San Francisco
1998 - 1999   Museum of Modern Art; the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA; Museo
1998   China New Art, Lehuman Maupin Gallery, New York, USA
1998   Made in China, Nikolaus Sonne Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
1998   China-Art, Galerie Urs Meile, Luzern, Switherland
1997   The Face and Bodies from Middle Kingdom, Prague Art Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
1997   Quotation Marks, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1997   Liu Wei and Ye yongqing, Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1997   8+8-1, Works Exhibition of Fifteen Chinese Contemporary Artists, Touring Show in Hong Kong, China; Chicago, USA; London, UK; Berlin, Germany
1997   Red and Grey: Eight Avant-garde Chinese Artists, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapore
1997   China New Art, Art Museum, Lisbon, Australia
1996 - 1997   China! Touring Show in Germany, Austria, Poland, Denmark
1993 - 1997   China’s New Art, Post-1989 Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China
1993 - 1997   Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Chicago Cultural Centre, USA
1993 - 1997   Marlborough Gallery, London, UK
1995   Contemporay Chinese Art Exhibition: in the Absence of Ideology, Kampnagel, Halle-K3, Hamburg, Germany
1995   Des del Pais del Centre; Avantguarde Artisiques xineses, Santa Monica Art Centre, Barcelona, Spain
1995   The 46th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1995   “Chinese New Arts Exhibition”, Germany
1994   The 22nd International Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil
1994   Modern Oil Painting in China, Hong Kong, China
1993 - 1994   China Auant-garde, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
1993 - 1994   Kunsthal, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
1993 - 1994   Kunthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
1993 - 1994   Hildesheim Art Gallery, Germany
1993   Mao Goes Pop Museum of contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
1993   The 45th International Biennale of Venice, Venice, Italy
1993   Work On Paper, Creese Gallery, Philadelphie, USA
1991   Liu Wei and Fang Lijun, Beijing, China
2007    China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007.