Liu Ye /   Liu Ye

China 1964

Liu Ye
Liu Ye
October 29, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

Liu Ye is a Beijing-based contemporary Chinese painter known for his bright-hued paintings of childlike female figures, his favorite cartoon character Miffy the bunny and works inspired by Piet Mondrian. 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 and   his father’s illustrations for children’s books, which were ultimately censored and considered a forbidden practice. Liu finally draws inspiration from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson.

Mirror, his self-portray, and the surrealism of René Magritte are other important indicators of his early work. During this period, Liu started to depict a little scenario in each of his work, which continues to be one of his recognizable styles. After 1994, as Liu Ye returned to Beijing, his style and subject matters changed with the environment. He started to portray himself more as a little boy than a young man as he did before. More female figures appeared. The settings of his painting moved from rooms to theatres where scenes he saw in China as a little boy, his childhood dream were depicted. Chorus, fleet and sailor boys were repetitive subjects portrayed during the period.[10] His preference for using primary colors can be traced to his childhood days in Beijing as well.

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.  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. However, unlike most acclaimed Chinese contemporary art, his works have little political implications. Instead, he prefers to use a universal language to depict his inner world.

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.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Modern@MoDeng Gallery Hotel, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Lightness Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Bamboo Bamboo Broadway Sperone Westwater, New York, USAGroup
2012Art for the Masses Red Star Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012In Time - 2012 Chinese Oil Painting Biennale The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Faces Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
201110th Anniversary of Soka Art Beijing Soka Art Center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011Print-Concept: The Second Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Prints Today Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011PortraitsEastation Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011Exhibition of Fine Art Artist PrintsS.O Art Space, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2011China Contemporary Prints Exhibition M-Space, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2010China. Real? ArtChina Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2010Fabrique en Chine - Chinese Artists Group Exhibition Beyond Art Space, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2010Think Pink Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, USAGroup
2010Restoration: Contemporary Collotype Print Exhibition (group) Millenium Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2010Clouds: Power of Asian Contemporary Art Soka Art Center, Beijing, China Group
2010Passion Fruits Picked from the Olbright Collection Me Collectors Room, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009In the Mood for Paper Art Gallery, BeijingGroup
2009Liu Ye: Leave Me in the Dark Sperone Westwater, New York, USASolo
2009Normality: 2009 Art Works Show Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, ChinaGroup
2009Related to the Context: Contemporary Painting Exhibition Found Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2008China macht Druck. Zeitgenössische Chinesische Druckgrafik Städtische Galerie Bietigheim – BissingenGroup
2008Crouching Paper, Hidden Dragon - Works on Paper F2 Gallery, BeijingGroup
2008China Macht Druck Stadtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen, GermanyGroup
2007Liu Ye - Solo Exhibition Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2007RE-collection - A Retrospective Look at 15 years of Art and Vision Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2007Time Difference Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UKGroup
2007Chinese Window Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland Solo
2006Temptations Sperone Westwater, New York, USASolo
2006Mahjong Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg collection Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2006The First Chinese Contemporary Arts Annual Exhibition China Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2005Liu Ye - Kaneda Shoich Gallery Frank Schlag & Cie. GmbH, Essen, GermanyGroup
2005Vehicle & Mirror Beijing New Art Projects, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2005Project room Tomio Koyama Gallery , Tokyo, JapanSolo
2005A Cartoon Top Space, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2005Mahjong Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg collection Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, SwitzerlandGroup
2004Red Yellow Blue Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2004Fiction @ Love Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2004Dreaming of the Dragon's nation Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IrelandGroup
2004Stone Face Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2003Red Yellow Blue Schoeni Art Gallery, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2003Images of Women VIII Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2003Left Hand, Right Hand798 Space Art & Culture Co. Ltd., Beijing, ChinaGroup
2003A Bulimic RhapsodyTongdao Studio of 798 Factory, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2003ChinArt Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HungaryGroup
2003ChinArt Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, ItalyGroup
2003Lifetime Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2002Poster design of Contemporary Artists Red Gate Gallery Beijing, ChinaGroup
2002The Beauty of Screen Today Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2002Paris-Pekin Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, FranceGroup
2002ChinArt Museum Kuppersmuehle fur Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, GermanyGroup
2002Small Panels Show Schoeni Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2002The First Guanghouw Trienal Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou, ChinaGroup
2002Beijing Inaugural Exhibition Schoeni Art Gallery III, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2002Chinese Contemporary Art Reykjavic Art Museum, IcelandGroup
2002Boys from Beijing Chinese Contemporary Ltd., London, EnglandGroup
2001Fellini, A Guardsman, Mondrian, The Pope and My Girlfriend Chinese Contemporary Gallery, London, England Solo
2001The First Chengdu Biennale Chengdu, ChinaGroup
2001Chinese Mythology Yidian Gallery, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2001First impression Yibo Gallery, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2001Transparence - Opacity De Markten, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2001Undo Aura gallery, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2001Graphix & Comix in China Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2000A Selection From Collection Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2000Liu Ye and Mao Yan, Mao Yan Chinese Contemporary London, EnglandGroup
2000UntitledGalerie Lococo Mulder, Berlin, Germany Solo
1999Liberation Chinese Contemporary London, EnglandGroup
1999The 40th China Art Gallery Berlin, GermanyGroup
1998It's Me! -- A Profile of Chinese Contemporary Art in the 90s traveled Beijing, ChinaGroup
1998From Behind the Bamboo Curtain LUMC Gallery LeidenGroup
1998Chinese Invitational Exhibition Liu Haisu Gallery ShanghaiGroup
1998Mondrian in China Art Gallery of the International Palace in Beijing, ChinaGroup
1997Made in China Gallery Serieuse Zaken Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
1997Ming Jing Di Gallery Beijing, ChinaSolo
1995Gallery Taube Berlin, Germany (solo)Group
1995New Anecdotes of Social Talk Art Gallery of International Palace, Beijing, ChinaGroup
1993UntitledGallery Taube Berlin, Germany Solo
1992FBK Art Exhibition Berlin, GermanyGroup
1988Silk Road China Art Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
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