Monday, November 20, 2006

Lui Liu

His acquisition of techniques started during China's Cultural Revolution when he was a little boy painting posters on the street and continued in the most prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

Lui Liu unleashed his artistic expressions when he came to live in Canada in 1991. He works and lives now in Toronto with his wife and daughter while he has been exhibiting at galleries and museums throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His works have been highly sought after and a great number of them are held in private and corporate collections.

Growing up in China and living in the west make Lui Liu a keen observer as both an insider and outsider of the two worlds. Through extraordinary awareness and compelling techniques, he creates a surreal world that transcends cultures, spaces and races. A note of parody is most noticeable in almost all his works.

It's the ambivalence, the tensions between the poles, according to Barry Callaghan, a renowned Canadian writer, that free Lui Liu so that he can stand alone facing east or west, as he chooses.



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