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LIU YE

FOCUS ON: Chinese Contemporary Artists – LIU YE

Liu Ye is a contemporary Chinese painter based in Beijing. He is known for his brightly colored paintings that tell true or fictional stories, transpose popular legends, portray famous actresses and musicians or fantasy figures inspired by cartoons.

Liu Ye, Eileen Chang, 2004, acrylic and oil on canvas, 60 x 45 cm. Yao Chien Taipei-Pechino. Courtesy Fondazione Prada.

His small and medium-sized paintings reflect the intimate imagery of the artist who describes each of his works as his own self-portrait, a piece of his vision.

Untitled 1997-1998 Private Collection of W. Tanoko Indonesia. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photo Liu Ye

Liu Ye finds inspiration in literature, art history and popular Eastern and Western culture: some of his paintings explicitly mention works by other artists such as Piet Mondrian, Roger van der Weyden, the artistic movement of the Bauhaus, the books by Franz Kafka.

Mondrian in the Morning, 2000 - Private Collection, Beijing. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photo Cao Yong

Liu Ye presented his artworks in Milan, at Fondazione Prada, from January 2020 to January 2021 with the exhibition “Liu Ye – Storytelling” curated by Udo Kittelman.

Find more about the exhibition on the Fondazione Prada website: http://www.fondazioneprada.org/project/liu-ye-storytelling

Liu Ye, Bauhaus No. 5, 2018, acrylic on canvas. Private collection Pechino. Courtesy Fondazione Prada. Photo Yang Hao

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