Liu Wei (b.1972, Beijing) was trained as a painter at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, graduating in 1996. He is heavily influenced by the instability and fluctuation peculiar to twenty-first century China, in particular with respect to its physical and intellectual landscape. Initially Liu belonged to the generation of artists known as the Post-Sensibility group; in the years since, with his paintings, videos and large-scale installations, Liu has become a singular presence on the global art stage. Post-Duchampian, and actively negotiating with the legacy of the Modern, his works crystallize the visual and intellectual chaos of China’s fraught transformations into an artistic language as versatile as it is distinctive. The long-term “Love It, Bite It” series of oxhide installations, “Jungle” canvas installations, “Density” book installations and the recent, monumental series of paintings “The East” and “Panorama” for instance, represent the immense diversity found in Liu Wei’s art: ruined, dystopian structures made of uncanny materials that pertain chiefly to the urban environment today, and painted surfaces of formidable tranquility that communicate actively with the history of abstract art.
Liu Wei’s recent solo exhibitions include “Shadows,” Long March Space, Beijing, 2018; “Panorama,” PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, 2016; “Silver,” White Cube, Hong Kong, 2015; “Colors,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2015; “Sensory Space 4,” Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2014.
Recent group exhibitions include “L’emozione dei COLORI nell’arte,” Castle of Rivoli, Turin, 2017; “What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China,” Al Riwaq, Doha, 2016; “Bentu, Chinese artists at a time of turbulence and transformation,” Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016; “Adventures of the Black Square - Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015.
Liu Wei has participated in the 3rd Aichi Triennial (2016); the 9th and 13th Biennale de Lyon (2007, 2015); the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013); Guangzhou Triennial (2002, 2005, 2008, 2012); the 6th Busan Biennale (2008); the 51st Venice Biennale (2005); Shanghai Biennale (2004, 2010, 2016), Art Basel Unlimited (2013, 2015). He has received Artist of the Year from the Award of Art China (2016); the Martell Artist of the Year (2012); the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Artist (2008); he was nominated for the Credit Suisse Today Art Award (2011).