Qingdao, b.1962

Liu Dahong

Liu Dahong was born in 1962 in the city of Qingdao, Shandong province. He studied oil painting at the Shandong University of the Arts and at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou, where he was selected to participate in a master class taught by the seminal painter Zhou Wouki.

Liu first came to prominence in the late 1980s with his vivid, deftly executed and bitingly satirical versions of 'history paintings', in which he uses stylistic references from classic paintings of both the Western and Chinese traditions to chronicle, evaluate and sometimes lampoon social, political and cultural 'legends', particularly of the Cultural Revolution and post-Cultural Revolution period. In his own inimitable way, Liu Dahong opens up a new pathway for illuminating and evaluating the...

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Biography

Liu Dahong was born in 1962 in the city of Qingdao, Shandong province. He studied oil painting at the Shandong University of the Arts and at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou, where he was selected to participate in a master class taught by the seminal painter Zhou Wouki.

Liu first came to prominence in the late 1980s with his vivid, deftly executed and bitingly satirical versions of 'history paintings', in which he uses stylistic references from classic paintings of both the Western and Chinese traditions to chronicle, evaluate and sometimes lampoon social, political and cultural 'legends', particularly of the Cultural Revolution and post-Cultural Revolution period. In his own inimitable way, Liu Dahong opens up a new pathway for illuminating and evaluating the deeper significance of the political ideology of an era.

In creating his own unique painting language, Liu also incorporates the folkloric visual vernacular of his boyhood home in Shandong province, providing a meticulous and complex representation of the local life and his own childhood memories.

Liu's early painting series Four Seasons, completed in 1991, brought him wide recognition when it was featured in the international traveling exhibition China's New Art, Post-1989 (1993-1997) and in the intervening years he has become one of the most prominent painters of his generation.

Liu’s 20-set painting, Sacrificial Altar (2000), brought the artist's uncanny ability to incorporate and transform diverse languages and historical pasts to another level: basing its formal elements on the famous Ghent Altarpiece in Belgium which features the masterwork of Dutch painting, Adoration of The Mystic Lamb by the van Eyck brothers, Liu's own version provides a kind of 'cosmic diagramme' of Communist ideology in a manner that exposes the symbolic link between European religion and its modern incarnation in political ideology. In the past decade Liu has further explored this ideological terrain in works that are both visually playful and subversively incisive.

Liu Dahong is also a brilliant satirical writer, and occasionally likes to present his painting catalogues as 'textbooks' in which his personal text narratives accompany the painting as supplementary commentaries. His works have been frequently featured in exhibitions and biennales internationally and are in many important institutional and private collections.

Artworks

31

The Eight Immortals of the Party (黨八仙), 2019

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Canvas / China / Chinese Art / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Chinese Art / Contemporary Social Phenomenon / Individual and Society / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Social Issues / Socio-political Issues

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1985

    Graduated from the China Academy of Art, China

  • 1984

    Master classes with Zao Wouki

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Liu Dahong: Immortal Red, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • Painting in China Today: The Art of Liu Dahong, Jesus College Cambridge, Cambridge

  • 2016

    Liu Dahong Solo Exhibition “Forever Red: The Twelve Months of the Republic”, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2010

    West Heavens, Place.Time.Play: India-China Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

  • Made in Korea, China and Japan, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

  • 2008

    Bing-Liu Dahong & Qu Gangci, Aurario Gallery, Beijing, China

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Education

  • 1985

    Graduated from the China Academy of Art, China

  • 1984

    Master classes with Zao Wouki

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Liu Dahong: Immortal Red, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • Painting in China Today: The Art of Liu Dahong, Jesus College Cambridge, Cambridge

  • 2016

    Liu Dahong Solo Exhibition “Forever Red: The Twelve Months of the Republic”, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2013

    Childhood, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK

  • Childhood, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2009

    Taiping Rebellion in Embroidery, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2008

    New Year Offerings: Liu Dahong in 2008, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

  • Hong May Liu Dahong 1988-2008 works, doART Beijing, Beijing

  • 2005

    Red Calendar: 24 Solar Terms, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2000

    Sacrificial Altar, Invisible Gallery, Shanghai

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2010

    West Heavens, Place.Time.Play: India-China Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

  • Made in Korea, China and Japan, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

  • 2008

    Bing-Liu Dahong & Qu Gangci, Aurario Gallery, Beijing, China

  • 2007

    Shcontemporary 07, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

  • New Dianshizhai Pictorial Exhibition, Shanghai, China

  • Chinese Contemporary Art of the Society, Moscow, Russia

  • Collective Images, Chinese Art Centre, Manchester, U.K.

  • Bienal de Arte Contemporaneo, Ushuaia, Argentina

  • 2006

    MiART 2006, Milan,Italy

  • Paintings of Six Chinese Artists, Square Museum, Nanjing, China

  • Impression of Wuyi, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • Imagination of the East, China Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • 2005

    Five Meters Underground, Hangzhou, China

  • Modern Shanghai, Villa Stuck Museum, Munich, Germany

  • 2004

    Shanghai Biennial 2004, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • Asian Artists Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

  • 2002

    Shanghai Biennial 2002, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese art 1990-2000, The 1st Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

  • Artists of the Ideal, Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy

  • 2001

    III Bienal Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil