Born in 1985 in Beijing, Liu Shiyuan lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark after having studied in New York and Beijing. Travelling and living between cities and across multiple cultures, Liu has developed an artistic sensibility in response to the contemporary Chinese diaspora, and its ensuing pattern of cultural shock. Manipulating everyday objects, stock images, and theatrical gestures, her practice navigates the subtle borderline between rationality and mystery, reality and fiction.
Liu Shiyuan graduated from the School of Visual Art in New York with MFA in Photography, 2012; Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with BFA in New Media Art, 2009. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions; recent group shows include “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, LEO XU PROJECTS, Shanghai, China, 2017; “.com.cn" K11 Art Foundation and MoMA PS1, Hong Kong, China, 2017; “The King and the Mockingbird”, Vermillion Sands, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016; “For an Image, Faster Than Light: Yinchuan Biennale 2016”, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, Ningxia, China, 2016; “SHE — International Women Artists Exhibition”, Long Museum, Shanghai, China, 2016; “Tutorials”, Pino Pascali Foundation Museum, Polignano, 2016; “Bentu, Chinese Artists In A Time Of Turbulence And Transformation”, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016; “Unordinary Space”, Aurora Museum, Shanghai, 2015; CAFAM Future, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2015; “Second Thought”, Flower Gallery, New York, 2015; “Now You See”, Whitebox Art Center, New York, 2014; 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCT- Contemporary Art
Terminal, Shenzhen, 2012; “stillspotting nyc“, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, among others.
In 2014 she received Honorary AIR Awards from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco, and in 2012, the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, New York. Her sole presentation received a special commendation in the inaugural Frame Stand Prize at Frieze New York 2016. Her newest video work “Best Friends Forever” is featured on Frieze for its April 2017 issue “Protest”.