Liu Xiaodong (Chinese, b.1963) was born in Liaoning Province, and is one of China’s most celebrated Contemporary artists. In 1980, Liu left his hometown of Jincheng to pursue art in Beijing. Liu attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he received his BA in 1988 and his MFA in 1995. He lives and works in Beijing, and is currently a professor in the painting department at CAFA. Liu is primarily a Figurative painter, capturing snapshots of time with his richly-colored works and interesting use of framing and perspective. His subjects are often common people and those at the margins of society, such as sex workers and the homeless. Liu tends to draw inspiration from scenes of friends and family members doing everyday activities, but his work often alludes to social problems he seeks to highlight through his art. The artist has been exhibited internationally through both group and solo shows, and is represented by a number of galleries. His works have been shown at prominent institutions such as the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Timeline

1963
Born in Liaoning Province, China
1988
Earned Bachelor of Fine Arts in Oil Painting, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1990
Began to engage with China’s independent filmmakers
1992
Director Wang Xiaoshuai directed Liu Xiaodong in The Days. This was awarded by the BBC as one of 100 best films made in the last 100 years.
1993
Worked as artistic director on the projects of film director Zhang Yuan’s Beijing Bastard
1995
Earned Master of Fine Arts in Oil Painting, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1998–1999
Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, University of Complutense, Madrid, Spain
2006
Conceived concept for Jia Zhangke’s award-winning film Dong, which was awarded best documentary film at both the Italian and European Film Association awards
2006
Conceived concept for Jia Zhangke’s film Still Life, which won the gold prize at the 63rd Venice Film Festival
Currently teaches in the Oil Painting Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Exhibitions

2012
Liu Xiaodong, The Process of Painting, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria (solo)
2011
Liu Xiaodong: Hometown BoyEslite Gallery, Taiwan (solo)
2011
A New Horizon: Contemporary Chinese Art, National Museum of Australia
2011
Collecting History: China New Art, MOCA, Chengdu, China
2011
Museum on Paper: Twelve Chinese Artists, Iberia Centre for the Arts, Beijing, China
2010
The Force From Central Academy of Fine Arts: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2010
Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art 1979-2009, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2010
Contemporary Art from China and Belgium, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2010
Reshaping History: China Art from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China
2010
Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy. UCCA, Beijing, China (solo)
2010
Liu Xiaodong: Yan’GuanTown, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2010
Erotic, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China
2009
Inaugural Exhibition, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China
2009
The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art, Museum of Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL, USA
2009
10 Biennial Havana, Havana, Cuba
2009
Collision, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2009
Traces: Liu Xiaodong, Angle Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
2008
China 21Century, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
2008
Waiting on the Wall: Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the Eighties and Nineties, Groninger Museum, Netherlands
2008
Half-life of a Dream: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, USA
2008
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Beijing Girls, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Karen Smith) (solo)
2007
ART LAN @ ASIA, Yokohama, Japan
2007
Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2007
Made in China, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
2006
“Zones of Contact -- 2006 Biennial of Sydney,” Sydney, Australia
2006
“The Three Gorges Project-Paintings by Liu Xiaodong,” Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S.A (solo)
2006
“Hot Bed: A Painting Project by Liu Xiaodong,” Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (solo)
2005
“Childhood friend getting fat,” Loft Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
2005
“Story of a River: New Era Retrospective on Chinese Oil Painting,” National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2005
"2nd Beijing Art Biennial," National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2005
“Wang Guangle, Yin Zhaoyang, Men Xinxi, Xia Xiaowan, Liu Xiaodong Collective Show,” Art 110 Gallery, Beijing, China
2005
“The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art,” Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China
2005
“The 2nd Chinese Art Triennial,” Nanjing, China
2005
Regeneration—Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the U.S., Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
2005
Mahjong, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2005
Contemporary Art from Greater China, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, USA; London, United Kingdom
2004
"Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US," Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA, USA
2004
“Dreaming of the Dragon’s Nation - Contemporary Art Exhibition from China,” Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
2004
“Feel Memory,” Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
2004
“Three Gorges: Displaced Population & Three Gorges: Newly Displaced Population,” Chinablue Gallery & CAAW, Beijing, China (solo)
2004
“Bunker Art Show,” Bunker Museum of Contemporary Art, Jinmen, Taiwan (solo)
2003
"Liu Xiaodong," Eslite Gallery, Taiwan (solo)
2003
"Premieres Lueurs sur L' Orient: L' aventure de la peinture chinoise au 20ème Siecle," Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France
2003
"Alors, La Chine?" Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2003
"The 1st Beijing Art Biennial," Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2003
"The 3rd Exhibition of Chinese Oil Painting," National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2003
"An Opening Era," National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2003
"The Nude: Ideal and Reality, From Neoclassicism to Today," Bologna Modern Art Museum, Italy
2002
"Liu Xiaodong in Donghai," Art Centre of Donghai University, Taiwan (solo)
2002
"A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art - Guangzhou Triennial," Art Museum of Guangdong, Guangzhou, China
2002
"Chinese Contemporary Art," Art Museum of Brazil, San Paulo, Brazil
2002
"Beijing -- Paris," Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2002
"East+West: Chinese Contemporary Art," Austria
2002
On the Edge of the Millennium: New Art from China, Goedhuis Contemporary, New York and London
2001
China Art Now, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2001
Towards a New Image 1981-2001: Twenty Years of Contemporary Chinese Painting, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, China
2001
Academic and Un-academic, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
2001
LOFT Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
2000
Liu Xiaodong and His Time, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2000
Liu Xiaodong 1990-2000, Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (solo)
2000
Shanghai Biennial Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China
2000
The New Face of China, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000
Chinese Art in the Twentieth Century, National Art Gallery, Beijing, China
1999
"Gate of the Century: 1979-1999," Modern Art Museum of Chengdu, Chengdu, China
1999
"1999 China Art," LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1999
"Dong Yu Museum's Collection," Dong Yu Museum, Shenyang, China
1999
"Upriver Museum's Collection," He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, China
1998
"East Meet East in the West," LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
1998
"Upriver Museum's Collection," Upriver Museum, Chengdu, China
1997
"47th Venice Art Biennial," Venice, Italy
1997
"8+8 -1," Vierte Etage Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Connaught Brown, London, England; Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA; Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
1997
"Chinese Portraiture over the Last 100 Years," National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1996
"Exhibition of the Association of Chinese Oil Painters", Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1995
"Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting from Realism to Post Modernism", Brussels, Belgium
1994
"Between East and West: -- Transformation of Chinese Art in the Late 20th Century", The Discovery Museum, Connecticut, USA
1993
"Red Star Over China: Tenuous Peace", Keen Gallery, New York, USA
1992
"Post 1989 China Avant-garde Art Exhibition", Hong Kong and Australia
1991
"20th Century China", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1990
"Liu Xiaodong", Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1989
"Chinese Avant-garde Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

Public Collections

Fukuoka Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland
China Art Museum, Beijing, China
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Upriver Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Belgium
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA
Museum of Guangdong, Guangzhou, China
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, USA
Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art, China

Literature

2007
China Art Book. Uta Grosenick / Caspar Schübbe (Ed.), 680 pages, approx. 850 images, trilingual: Engl./Ger./Chin., Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne 2007. www.chinaartbook.de