Liu Wei was born in 1972 in Beijing. He was trained as a painter at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, graduating in 1996. Subsequently, he moved back to Beijing. He was nominated for the Credit Suisse Today Art Award (2011) and received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Artist (2008).

Part of a generation in China that grew up in a period of rapidly accelerating urbanization, Liu Wei has frequently turned to architectural and urban themes in his work. While he presents the city as a dynamic and vital force, his work raises questions about contemporary urban life. He works across a range of media and techniques, including photography, painting, sculpture and installation. The ready-made is a recurring element in his practice, and his work is often assembled out of everyday found objects, such as ceramics, books, television sets, fridges and fans. The artist re-works these discarded materials, transforming them into sculptural objects and installations, such as the bare strips of light dissecting old television sets in Power (2011) to Merely a Mistake (2009-2012), a series of structures made from Beijing’s discarded building materials of wooden beams, door frames, planks and metal bolts.

His solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio; Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); Panorama, Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2016); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2014). Group exhibitions include the 58th Venice Biennale (2019); Faurschou Foundation, Beijing (2018); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2017); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2017); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2016); 13th Lyon Biennial (2015); 11th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2013); 4th Guangzhou Triennial, China (2012); 6th Busan Biennale, South Korea (2008); and 51st Venice Biennale (2005).

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