Born in 1985 in Beijing, Liu Shiyuan lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark after having studied in New York and Beijing. Traveling 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 a MFA in Photography, 2012 and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing with a BFA in New Media Art, 2009. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions. Recent group shows include: “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 the Honorary AIR Awards from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco, and in 2012, the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, New York. Her solo presentation received a special commendation in the inaugural Frame Stand Prize at Frieze New York, 2016.