刘建文于1992年在香港大一艺术设计学院毕业，翌年在香港艺术中心包氏画廊举办首次个人画展，创作不断的他在1999年迎来关键时刻，把平面创作上的想像力，与他喜爱的GI Joe动作人偶，以及日益普及的街头文化结合，成功创作出命名为「花园人」 （Gardener）的人偶形象，99个12寸人偶同时展出于香港艺术中心个展上。此展中他对人偶创作的狂热和成就引来了国际的注意，其人偶作品随之巡回展出于日本多个城市，还有其后的台北当代艺术馆、伦敦和巴黎的空间。从此刘建文声名大噪，以独立创作人的身份带出大众收藏设计师玩具的全球性热潮。
2008年一月份美国福布斯杂志一篇名为「20 Trends Sweeping the Globe」文章，推举刘建文为于90年代创立及带领搪胶人形潮流之领军人物。
The 9th ART021 SHANGHAI CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR announced on 12 October its first poster, featuring Satisfied Serene from FLOWER Series, provided by Lévy Gorvy and created by acclaimed Hong Kong artist Michael Lau.
Lévy Gorvy’s inaugural booth at the 2021 ART021 Shanghai brings together exemplary works by an international ensemble of artists, surveying a range of possibilities for contemporary painting. Highlights of the presentation include works from Hong Kong-based artist Michael Lau, known as the ‘Godfather of Toy Figures,’ who straddles the worlds of mass culture and fine art, achieving fame both for his acclaimed urban vinyl figures and his paintings. Recent paintings from Lau’s FLOWER (2021), SOLILOQUY (2020), and WHAT? WE: WANT (2016) series, which filter modernist art and pop culture through his unique aesthetic vision will be on view.
Michael Lau Kin-man is an acclaimed Hong Kong artist born in the 1970s when the city was at the peak of industrialization and exported various kinds of toys to leading chain stores around the world. Every toy was a rare treasure to young Michael and played a key role in his childhood. His growing passion for toys eventually led him to a career in toy design where he conceived as a form of art.
After graduating from the First Institute of Art and Design in Hong Kong in 1992, Michael held his first solo painting exhibition at the Pao Galleries of the Hong Kong Arts Centre in the following year. In 1999, Lau merged his creativity and passion in art, toy and action figure and created the “Gardener” series that juxtaposed his favourite G.I. Joe action figures and street culture. A total of 99 12-inch action figures was featured in his solo exhibition held at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. His unique artistic expression in action figures and remarkable achievements garnered global attention and brought him the opportunity to showcase his works in different cities in Japan, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, London and Paris, leading the global trend of collectible designer toys as an independent artist.
Additionally, Michael Lau has been seen as the godfather of urban vinyl, being largely recognized as the pioneer who launched the trend in the 90s. He was prominently featured in the article “20 Trends Sweeping the Globe” by Forbes Magazine in the January 08 issue.
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