Liu Di

China 1985

Digital Art, Photography, Surrealism

Liu Di
Liu Di
February 11, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Liu Di, born in 1985 in Shanxi Province, is a Chinese artist who uses digitally manipulated photographs to investigate the friction between the natural world and urban residents in China.

He graduated from the Professional Photography Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2009. The young artist won the Lacoste Elysee Prize for his series called “Animal Regulations” in 2010. Di’s images are composed of over-sized animals set in suburban settings like residential compounds, Hutong districts, and the scenes of demolished homes. He transforms the urban landscape into a surreal playground over which massive inflated animals tower, yet are confined by their surroundings. Their heads are made disproportionately small in relation to their massive bodies giving them a caricatured comedic effect. With the addition of the gigantic, exotic animals, Di not only tries to fill the void that he notices as he travels through the city, but most importantly, artist attempts to draw attention to these spaces in a big and shocking way.

In 2012 Liu Di continued the series by playing with the juxtaposition between disproportional human nudes and natural surroundings, while in 2013 he started working on third series of Animal Regulations. His photographs distort the banality of reality to provoke the viewer to re-view his or her urban surroundings.

Liu Di is represented by Pekin Fine Arts Gallery and White Rabbit Gallery.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014My Generation: Young Chinese ArtistsTampa Museum of Art, Florida, USAgroup
2012I See ChinaPékin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2011Caochangdi PhotospringPékin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010History LessonsPékin Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2010Tomorrow’s Photographers Todaythe Musee de I’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerlandgroup
2010History LessonsPein Fine Arts, Beijing, Chinagroup
2009Niubi Newbie Kids II ExhibitionSchoeni Art Gallery, Hongkonggroup
2009Journey of A Thousand Miles--2009 CAFA Excellent Graduation Works ExhibitionCAFA Art Museum, Beijinggroup
2009Young Artists Promotional ExhibitionBeijing 798 Art Zone, Beijinggroup
2009CAFA Graduation Works ExhibitionChina Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijinggroup
2009Cograda Word Design Congress 2009 BeijingCAFA Art Museum, Beijinggroup