Painter Liu Ye (Chinese, b.1964) is part of a generation of artists that grew up during the Cultural Revolution and were visually affected by the kitsch aesthetic of propagandistic art. His political and cultural background led him to create seemingly childlike or naïve worlds full of fantasies and fairy tales; however, Ye contrasts his lighthearted style with imagery alluding to global catastrophes. After studying at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown Beijing between 1984 and 1989, Ye received a degree from University of Fine Arts in Berlin in 1994. He later attended two artist-in-residence programs at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam and the Delfina Studios in London. In recent years, Ye has developed an interest in the work of Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944, particularly the modernist painter’s late period. Ye’s compositions are subsequently based on the form of the square, contrasting with the seemingly playful ethos of his works; he is interested in combining rational thought with the sensitivity and emotionality of fairy tales, a synthesis further understood as link between Western and Eastern philosophy. His work has received great acclaim at several international exhibitions; including the 7th Shanghai Biennale in 2008 and the exhibition China - Facing Reality at the Museum for Modern Art in Vienna. Ye currently lives and works in Beijing.

Timeline

1964
Born in Beijing, China
1984
Graduated from School of Arts & Crafts Beijing, China
1989
Graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China
1994
MFA, Hochschule der Kunst Berlin, Bildende Kunst Berlin, Germany

Exhibitions

2012
Modern@MoDeng, Gallery Hotel, Beijing, China
Lightness, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Bamboo Bamboo Broadway, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA
Art for the Masses, Red Star Gallery, Beijing, China
In Time - 2012 Chinese Oil Painting Biennale, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Faces, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2011
10th Anniversary of Soka Art Beijing, Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
Print-Concept: The Second Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Prints, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Portraits, Eastation Gallery, Beijing, China
Exhibition of Fine Art Artist Prints, S.O Art Space, Shanghai, China
China Contemporary Prints Exhibition, M-Space, Shanghai, China
2010
China. Real? - ArtChina Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Fabrique en Chine - Chinese Artists Group Exhibition - Beyond Art Space, Beijing, China
Think Pink - Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, USA
Restoration: Contemporary Collotype Print Exhibition (group) - Millenium Gallery, Beijing, China
Clouds: Power of Asian Contemporary Art - Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
Passion Fruits Picked from the Olbright Collection - Me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
2009
In the Mood for Paper, Art Gallery, BeijingLiu Ye: Leave Me in the Dark (solo) - Sperone Westwater, New York, USA
Normality: 2009 Art Works Show - Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China
Related to the Context: Contemporary Painting Exhibition - Found Museum, Beijing, China
2008
China macht Druck. Zeitgenössische Chinesische Druckgrafik, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim – Bissingen
Crouching Paper, Hidden Dragon - Works on Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing
China Macht Druck, Stadtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
2007
Liu Ye - Solo Exhibition, Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany
RE-collection - A Retrospective Look at 15 years of Art and Vision, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Time Difference, Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK
Chinese Window, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland (solo)
2006
Temptations, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA (solo)
Mahjong Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
The First Chinese Contemporary Arts Annual Exhibition, China Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing, China
2005
Liu Ye / Kaneda Shoich, Gallery Frank Schlag & Cie. GmbH, Essen, Germany
Vehicle & Mirror, Beijing New Art Projects, Beijing, China
Project room / Tomio Koyama Gallery , Tokyo, Japan (solo)
A Cartoon, Top Space, Beijing, China
Mahjong Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg collection, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2004
Red Yellow Blue, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)
Fiction @ Love, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Dreaming of the Dragon's nation, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Stone Face, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2003
Red Yellow Blue, Schoeni Art Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
Images of Women VIII, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Left Hand, Right Hand, 798 Space Art & Culture Co. Ltd., Beijing, China
A Bulimic Rhapsody, Tongdao Studio of 798 Factory, Beijing, China
ChinArt, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
ChinArt, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, Italy
Lifetime, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China
2002
Poster design of Contemporary Artists, Red Gate Gallery Beijing, China
The Beauty of Screen, Today Gallery, Beijing, China
Paris-Pekin, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
ChinArt, Museum Kuppersmuehle fur Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
Small Panels Show, Schoeni Art Museum, Beijing, China
The First Guanghouw Trienal, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
Beijing Inaugural Exhibition, Schoeni Art Gallery III, Beijing, China
Chinese Contemporary Art, Reykjavic Art Museum, Iceland
Boys from Beijing, Chinese Contemporary Ltd., London, England
2001
Fellini, A Guardsman, Mondrian, The Pope and My Girlfriend, Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, England (solo)
The First Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
Chinese Mythology, Yidian Gallery, Shanghai, China
First impression, Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, China
Transparence / Opacity, De Markten, Brussels, Belgium
Undo, Aura gallery, Shanghai, China
Graphix & Comix in China, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000
A Selection From Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Liu Ye and Mao Yan, Mao Yan, Chinese Contemporary London, England
Galerie Lococo Mulder, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1999
Liberation, Chinese Contemporary London, England
The 40th, China Art Gallery Berlin, Germany
1998
It's Me! -- A Profile of Chinese Contemporary Art in the 90s, traveled Beijing, China
From Behind the Bamboo Curtain, LUMC Gallery Leiden
Chinese Invitational Exhibition, Liu Haisu Gallery Shanghai
Mondrian in China, Art Gallery of the International Palace in Beijing, China
1997
Made in China, Gallery Serieuse Zaken Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ming Jing Di Gallery Beijing, China (solo)
1995
Gallery Taube Berlin, Germany (solo)
New Anecdotes of Social Talk, Art Gallery of International Palace, Beijing, China
1993
Gallery Taube Berlin, Germany (solo)
1992
FBK Art Exhibition, Berlin, Germany
1988
Silk Road, China Art Gallery, Beijing, 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