Liu Weijian has defined his cold and recondite way of “social narration” through his early works: he wears a cold neutral “image” mask and takes it as the root of his “conceptual painting”. With his cold touch and melancholy feelings, Liu Weijian's work deals with many of the current issues he and his contemporaries think about daily and creates a feeling of constant movement and of un-finished business.
After that, the ever-changeful themes and painting styles are the self-evolution with the increase of ages, expansion of horizons and the changes of social experiences of Liu Weijian. “Every once a while I will go to some places, somewhere nothing special, no particular choice, just like the randomness of life…endless walking makes me get closer to the conception between ‘people’ and ‘me’.” In this highly symbolism tour, painting is the ideal way to express his self-cognition seeking journey, and his works are the rebuild of different memory fragments.
Liu Weijian (b.1981) lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University of Art (2005). Recent exhibitions include I Love You, Shanghart Beijing (2015); Under the Sun,ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2014); The Idea Before Sunrise, Galería Yusto, Giner, Malaga, Spain (2012); Farewell my Country – Liu Weijian Solo Exhibition, Gallery Louis Vuitton Maison, Hong Kong (2011); China Power Station, Part IV, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2011); Antenna – Solo Exhibition, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2010); The Call of Crowns, BizArt Art Center, Shanghai (2007).
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