Fine Art

Tian Liming/ Tian Liming

China 1955

Fine Art

Tian Liming
Tian Liming
Male
China
1955

Tian Liming is a Chinese artist best known for his figure paintings in ink and wash and his innovative depiction of light and blurring of concrete configuration of human bodies.

He was born in Beijing, but his original hometown is Hefei city, Anhui province. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1984 and in 1989 Tian enrolled as a graduate student, and got the Master’s degree of Arts in 1991, before becoming the dean of the Department of Chinese Painting. His paintings from this early period were composed of fast pomo (splash) brushstrokes, resulting in a spontaneous style known as da xieyi (very loose and watery brushstrokes). Attracted by the New Literati Painting, he participated in most of their annual exhibitions until 1997, when the movement dissolved. In the late 1990s, he became the Deputy Head of the Ink-painting Department at the Central Academy.

Tian Liming is using a special way of drawing, which weakens the feature and configuration of figures that makes his creations more stylish and colorful. He exercised the blurring of concrete configuration of human bodies, in which some of his own way of painting reflects and can be perceived. His are predominantly figure paintings and he is best known for a series of diluted, archetypal figures rendered in pastel colors and transparent washes. His favorite theme, however, is water, be it as background for at times naïve-looking figures, or as subject in its own right, deep and transparent, tinted with light colors. He is particularly suggestive in the rendition of the play of light and shadows, unknown in traditional Chinese art.

Currently he is the technical director of the Central Fine Arts Academy, member of the Chinese Artists ‘Association, and member of the China Arts and Crafts committee as well as the director of the Beijing Artists’ Association.

Tian Liming lives and works in Beijing.

Feature Images – Girl under the Sun (detail)

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Colorful Beijing passion, jointly constructing the Chinese dreamSt. Petersburg, RussiaGroup
2014UntitledHakgojae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea Solo
2014Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings IIPoly International Auction Co, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2014Contemporary Chinese PaintingChina Guardian Auctions Co, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2013Chinese Invitational Exhibition of Ink and WashToday Art Museum, Chaoyang District, BeijingGroup
2013Group ShowToday Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2013Group ShowNina Torres Art Gallery, Miami, USA Group
2013THE METHOD OF WATER AND ART INK INSPIRATIONS - LOOKING BACK THIRTY YEARS·2013 CHINESE INK PAINTING INVITATIONALToday Art Museum, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2013PORTRAIT OF THE TIMES - 30 YEARS OF CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ARTShanghai Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2012Chinese Elegant Transcending CultureAcademy of Arts, LondonGroup
2012CREATIVE CITES COLLECTION FINE ARTS EXHIBITIONLondonGroup
2010Group exhibitionNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2009PAINTING FROM THE HEARTBeijing, ChinaGroup
2009FREEDOM DEGREE - "CHINESE CONTEMPORARY •INK CONCERNS"Taihe Art Space, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2009TRADITIONAL INK PAINTING AND PERSONAL FEELINGEast Area Art center, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2009"MEMORY OF REVOLUTION" INVITATION ART EXHIBITION Liu Hai Su Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2008The Harvest of Spring BlossomsCAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2008ART INK INSPIRATIONSBeijing Art Ink Inspirations Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2005The Second Beijing International Art BiennaleBeijing International Art Biennale, BeijingGroup
2005THE SECOND BEIJING INTERNATIONAL ART BIENNALEBeijing International Art Biennale Organizing Committee, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2004Group exhibitionChina Art Museum, Shanghai, China Group
2002Pintura Contemporánea ChinaMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, SantiagoGroup
2002UntitledMuseo de Arte Contempor?neo, Santiago, ChileGroup
2002PINTURA CONTEMPORáNEA CHINAMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, ChileGroup
2001UntitledGuangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, ChinaGroup
2001Shuimo Yanshen (The Continuation of Ink Painting)Beijing, ChinaGroup
2000Shanghai Biennale - Spirit of ShanghaiShanghai Biennale, ShanghaiGroup
2000Group ShowShanghai Biennale, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
1994Group exhibitionSoobin Art Gallery, SingaporeGroup