Hung Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948 and now resides in Oakland, California. Hung Liu grew up in China and came of age during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. She spent four years in the countryside as a laborer, studied painting at the Central Academy of Art and in 1984 received permission to attend the University of California-San Diego where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Using anonymous historical photographs as the subject matter of her paintings and prints, Liu reconstructs an unknown story. She embellishes the surfaces with lovely drawings of insects, flowers and birds, painterly drips and collage elements that create veils of time and meaning over her subjects. “…between dissolving and preserving is the rich middle-ground where meaning of an image is found… My paintings are metaphors for memory and history…”
Hung Liu has exhibited her work widely including the exhibition “Hung Liu: A Ten Year Survey 1988-1998” that traveled to six U.S. venues in 1998-2000. Her works have been acquired for the collections of leading fine art institutions such as SFMOMA, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, TX; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; the City University of New York; and the University of Arizona Art Museum, Tuscon.
She has completed many public commissions and received many awards including the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Art Critic’s Award. In 2011, Liu received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International. She is a tenured professor in the art department at Mills College. More information can be found at her website, www.kelliu.com.