Liu Wei (b.1972, Beijing) was trained as a painter at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, graduating in 1996. He is heavily influenced by the instability and fluctuation peculiar to twenty-first century China, in particular with respect to its physical and intellectual landscape. Initially Liu belonged to the generation of artists known as the Post-Sensibility group; in the years since, with his paintings, videos and large-scale installations, Liu has become a singular presence on the global art stage. Post-Duchampian, and actively negotiating with the legacy of the Modern, his works crystallize the visual and intellectual chaos of China’s fraught transformations into an artistic language as versatile as it is distinctive.
His recent solo exhibitions include "Liu Wei: 散场/Over," Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, (2020); "Invisible Cities," moCa Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland (2019); "Shadows," Long March Space, Beijing (2018); "Panorama," PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); "Colors," Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); "Sensory Space 4," Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2014); "Liu Wei," Long March Space, Beijing (2012); "Trilogy," Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011).
Recent group exhibitions include "Trilogy of Contemporary Art in China: The Scar," Busan Museum of Art, Busan (2020); "Entropy," Faurschou Foundation, Beijing (2018), Venice (2019); "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World," Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2017), Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (2018), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2018); "L’emozione dei COLORI nell’arte," Castle of Rivoli, Turin (2017); "What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China," Qatar Museums Gallery ALRIWAQ, Doha (2016); "Bentu: Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation," Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2016); "Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015," Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); "28 Chinese," Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2013), among others.
Liu Wei has participated in notable international biennials/triennials including the 51st and 58th Venice Biennale (2005, 2019); the 3rd Aichi Triennial (2016); the 9th and 13th Biennale de Lyon (2007, 2015); the 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013); Guangzhou Triennial (2002, 2005, 2008, and 2012); the 6th Busan Biennale (2008); Shanghai Biennale (2004, 2010, and 2016). He has received Artist of the Year from the Award of Art China (2016); the Martell Artist of the Year (2012); the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Artist (2008); he was nominated for the Credit Suisse Today Art Award (2011).