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Hung Liu Works Biography

Hung Liu (刘虹) (born February 17, 1948) is a Chinese-born American contemporary artist. One of the first Chinese artists to establish a career in the West, Liu is regarded by many as “the greatest Chinese painter in the US.”[1][2]

Liu’s paintings typically feature layered brushstrokes combined with washes of linseed oil which gives the imagery an indistinct and drippy appearance. Her paintings and prints often make use of anonymous Chinese historical photographs, particularly those of women, children, refugees, and soldiers, as subject matter. Although thought of predominantly as a painter, her body of work moves fluidly between painting, mixed-media and site-specific installation.

A ten-year retrospective of Liu’s work traveled nationally in the U.S. in 1998 and 1999. Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu was a retrospective collection of Liu’s work that remains the most extensive exhibit of her work to date, with paintings from more than 40 collections displayed.

Liu has received numerous awards, including two painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Joan Mitchell Fellowship.[12] In 2011 she received an SGC International Award for Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council.[36] Other awards include a Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) award and a Eureka Fellowship.[37]

She is currently the Professor Emerita of Painting at Mills College in Oakland, California, where she taught from 1990 until retiring in 2014.

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