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.