Liu Ye was born in 1964 in Beijing, lives and works in Beijing. After studying at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown Beijing between 1984 and 1989, Liu Ye went to Berlin and received a degree of MFA Bildende Kunst from Universität der Künste, Berlin (University of Fine Arts in Berlin), in 1994.
Liu Ye’s diverse imagery has ranged from a compendium of references to Western artists (such as Mondrian), to invented tableaus involving children, and beyond these, to visual situations featuring cartoon and fairly-tale characters, celebrities and still-life subjects since 1990’s. His paintings are well composed, integrating abstraction to figuration, encompassing the unique vocabulary of traditional Eastern and Western art scope and more. His works are rich in historical elements while fully revealing his unique perspective.
His solo exhibitions include: Liu Ye: Storytelling, Fondazione Prada, Milan,2020 /Rong Zhai, Shanghai, 2018; Mondrian and Liu Ye, Mondrianhuis, Amersfoort, 2016；“Liu Ye”,Kunstmuseum,Bern，2007. Liu Ye has participated in international exhibitions and bienniales, including: Hello World, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2018; Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2017.
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