LIU Wei - Portrait

Born in1965 in Beijing (China).

Live in Beijing.



Liu Wei was born in Beijing, he was graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and in 1989, he became part of the Cynical Realism movement. Liu Wei is best known for his semi-abstract depictions of flowers and landscapes. 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.



Liu Wei : Sensory Spaces, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA


Every Day Matters, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Shamans & Dissent, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Art Basel Unlimited 2013, Basel, Switzerland

Re:emerge: Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates

Liu Wei, Lehmann Maupin, New York (solo)

West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

Sharjah Biennial Re: emerge – towards a new cultural cartography, Sharjah, UAE

Void, Arrow Factory, Beijing, China (solo)


Liu Wei, Long March Space, Beijing, China (solo)
Liu Wei: Foreign, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France (solo)

The 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

EDIT: Image Fetish and Phobia, ShanghART H – SPACE, Shanghai, China

Martell Artists of the Year, Today Art Museum, Beijing - Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou - Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; China

La Chambre Claire, Taikang Space, Beijing, China

Inside the White Cube, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK

CIGE, China World Trade Centre, Beijing, China

Adumbration Exhibition, re-C Art Space, Chengdu, China

Water Stains On The Wall – The Carrier of Formation, Zhejiang Art Museum, Zhejiang, China


Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Myriad Beings, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (solo)

Trilogy, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (solo)

About Painting, Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China

Frieze, London, U.K.

FIAC, Paris, France

Credit Suisse Today Art Award 2011 Finalists Exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The Shape of Time – the multinarrative history in contemporary Chinese art, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Thirty years of Chinese Contemporary Art – Moving Image in China 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Shanshui, Lucerne Museum of Art, Lucerne, Switzerland

The Hague under the Heaven, The Hague Sculpture, The Hague, Netherlands

ACT>TION – video exhibition, Long March Space, Beijing, China


DREAMLANDS, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
State of Things, Exhibition of the Contemporary Art Exchange between China and Belgium, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Roundtrip: Beijing, New York NOW, Selections from the Domus Collection, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Long March Project, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Long March Space, Beijing, China
Shanghai Biennale Rehearsal, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Breaking Forecast- 8 Key Figures of China, New Generation Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art,Beijing, China

Diversion Era: Liu Wei, CAN Foundation, Seoul, South Korea (solo)


A piece of paper, A piece of plywood, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China

The Big World: Recent Art From China, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA

Breaking Forecast – 8 Key Figures of China’s New Generation Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

The Forgotten Experience, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France (solo)
Yes, That's All, Beors-Li Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
ShContemporary 09 Asia-Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
State of Things, Exhibition of the Contemporary Art Exchange between China and Belgium, BOZAR Center for the Arts,Brussels, Belgium
The New Attitude of Image, Tang Contemporary, Beijing, China
Bourgeoisified Proletariat, ShanghART Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai, China
Farewell to Postcolonialism, Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China


My Scenery, Liu Wei exhibition, Red Bridge Gallery, Shanghai, China

The Borders of Utopia, Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing, China


The History of a Decade that Has Not Yet Been Named, Ninth Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France

NONO, Long March Space, Beijing, China

7 Characters: New Art from China, Mayor Gallery, London, UK

China Now, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Lyon Biennial 2007, Lyon, France

China Power Station: Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway

Barcelona-Paris-Pekin, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelona, Spain

Year of the Golden Pig: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland

Art in Motion: Chinese Contemporary Art Meets the BMW Art Cars, Long March Space, Beijing, China

The Outcast, UniversalStudios-Beijing, Beijing, China (solo)

Love It, Bite It, China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing, China (solo)


Property of L.W, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China (solo)

Purple Air, Grace Li Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)

Fiction@Love, MOCA Shanghai , Shanghai , China

Contemporary China, PKM Gallery, Seoul , Korea

Yellow box, Qingpu, Shanghai , China

The second space for contemporary ink work -idylls and visions, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou , China

ALLLOOKSAME?/TUTTTUGUALE? - Art from China , Korea and Japan, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin , Italy

The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art , Seoul , Korea


Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China, The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; International Center for Photography, New York, USA


Battlefield, The Courtyard Gallery Annex, Beijing (solo)

The Second Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Mahjong, Bern, Switzerland

First Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing, China


Shanghai Biennale, Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai, China

Regeneration, touring exhibition, USA

Exhibitions Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, International Center of Photography and The Asia Society, New York, Smart Museum of Art (touring exhibition)

Museum of Contemporary, Chicago, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA; Art House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany


Open Sky, Duolun Museum of Art, Shanghai, China

The Fifth System: Public Art in the Age of Post-Planning, Shenzhen, China

Together with Migrant, Today Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Double Time, China Academy of Fine Arts, Huangzhou, China

Second Hand Reality, Today Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Refine 798, 798, Beijing, China


The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chine

Mirage, Godot Art Museum, Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, Chine

Everyday Attitude: An Exhibition of Chinese Photo-Based Arts, Pingyao, Shanxi, Chine

Too Much Flavour, 3H Art Center, Shanghai, Chine; Avant-Garde, Hakaren, Singapour


Post-Sensibility Spree, Pékin Film Academy, Pékin, Chine

Non-Linear Narrative, Gallery of National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, Chine

Mantic Ecstasy, Impression Gallery, Hangzhou; Bizart Art Center, Shanghai;

New Media Art Space, Pékin, Chine

16th Asian International Art Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Chine

Reconfiguration-Works on Paper, Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Pékin, Chine.

Towards A New Image, National Art Museum, Pékin, Chine.

Rouges, Galerie Loft, Paris, France

Liu Wei & Zhao Gang 2001, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australie.

Chinese New Painting, Galerie Urs Meile, Luzern, Suisse.


Home?’ Contemporary Art Project, Yuexing Furniture Warehouse, Shanghai, Chine.

Reconfiguration, The Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Pékin, Chine.

Thinking Aloud, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australie.

The New Face of Chine, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney,Australie.


Art for Sale, Shanghai Plaza, Shanghai, Chine

Pékin in London, Institute of Contemporary Art, Londres, Grand Bretagne.

Post-Sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion, Shaoyaoju, Pékin, Chine

Inside-Out- New Chinese Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Asia Society, New York, E.U.

Art Chine, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, E.U.

New Modernism for a new Millennium, Limm Gallery, San Francisco, E.U.

Zeitwenden-The Outlook, Kunst Museum, Bonn, Allemagne.


Chinese New Art, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, E.U.

Chinese Art, Galerie Urs Meile, Rosenberg höle, Luzern, Suisse.

Made in Chine - Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Nikolaus Sonne Fine Arts, Berlin.

Inside Out, Asia Society, New York, E.U.


Chine New Art, Prague Art Museum, République Tchèque.

Quotation Marks: Chine avant garde, Modern Art Museum, Singapour.

Red and Gray - avant garde chinese artists, Soobin Art Gallery, Singapour.

Chine New Art, Lisbon Musuem of Art, Lisbon, Portugal.

8 + 8 - 1, Fifteen Contemporary Chinese Artists, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong.

Liu Wei and Ye Yong Qing, Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Art, Pékin, Chine.

Chine Now!, Kulturprojekte, Basel, Suisse.

Chine!, Kuenstlerhaus, Vienne, Autriche.

Chine!, haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin ; Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Allemagne.


Chine! Kunst Museum, Bonn, Allemagne.


46e Bienniale de Venise, Italie.

Chinese New Art Exhibition - out of the national ideology, Hambourg, Allemagne.

New Art in Chine, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition - From Realism to Post-Modernism, Galerie Theoremes, Brussels, Belgique.

Aperto 95, Avant-gardes Artistiques Xinesses, Center d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelone, Espagne.


Contemporary Chinese Oil Paintings, Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong.

The 22nd International Biennial of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brésil.

Out of the Middle Kingdom Chinese Avant-Garde Art, Santa Monica Art Center, Barcelone, Espagne.


The 45th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italie.

Chine's New Art Post - 1989: New Art From Chine, Marlborough Gallery, London ; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England ; New Art, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong.

Mao Goes Pop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.

Chine avante-garde, Berlin, Allemagne


Liu Wei and Fang Lijun, Capital Museum, Bejing.