Liu Xiaodong, Hot Bed I, 2005, courtesy the artist
Liu Xiaodong (b. 1963, China) is a painter of modern life, whose large-scale works serve as a kind of history painting for the emerging world. A leading figure among the Chinese Neo-Realist painters to emerge in the 1990s, his adherence to figurative painting amounts to a conceptual stance within a contemporary art context. Recent solo presentations of his work include Painting as Shooting, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016); Diary of an Empty City, Faurschou Foundation, Beijing, China (2015); and Liu Xiaodong’s Two Projects, Shao Zhong Foundation Art Museum, Guangzhou, China (2014). His work has been included in many major group shows including Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2017); and the 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2014).