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b. 1962, China

Liu Dahong Biography

Liu Dahong was born in 1962 in the city of Qingdao, Shandong province. He studied oil painting at the Shandong University of the Arts and at Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) in Hangzhou, where he was selected to participate in a master class taught by the seminal painter Zao Wouki.

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Liu first came to prominence in the late 1980s with his vivid, deftly executed and bitingly satirical versions of 'history paintings', in which he uses stylistic references from classic paintings of both the Western and Chinese traditions to chronicle, evaluate and sometimes lampoon social, political and cultural 'legends', particularly of the Cultural Revolution and post-Cultural Revolution period. In his own inimitable way, Liu Dahong opens up a new pathway for illuminating and evaluating the deeper significance of the political ideology of an era.

Liu's early painting series Four Seasons, completed in 1991, brought him wide recognition when it was featured in the international travelling exhibition China's New Art, Post-1989 (1993-1997) and in the intervening years he has become one of the most prominent painters of his generation.

Liu's 20-set painting, Sacrificial Altar (2000), brought the artist's uncanny ability to incorporate and transform diverse languages and historical pasts to another level: basing its formal elements on the famous Ghent Altarpiece in Belgium which features the masterwork of Dutch painting, Adoration of The Mystic Lamb by the van Eyck brothers, Liu's own version provides a kind of 'cosmic diagramme' of Communist ideology in a manner that exposes the symbolic link between European religion and its modern incarnation in political ideology. In the past decade Liu has further explored this ideological terrain in works that are both visually playful and subversively incisive.

Liu Dahong is also a brilliant satirical writer, and occasionally likes to present his painting catalogues as 'textbooks' in which his personal text narratives accompany the painting as supplementary commentaries. His works have been frequently featured in exhibitions and biennales internationally and are in many important institutional and private collections.

Text courtesy Hanart TZ Gallery.

Liu Dahong Featured Artworks

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Feast of a Hundred Chickens 百雞宴 by Liu Dahong contemporary artwork painting
Liu DahongFeast of a Hundred Chickens 百雞宴, 2014Oil on Canvas
68 x 180 cm
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Tao Temple by Liu Dahong contemporary artwork painting
Liu DahongTao Temple, 2007-2008Oil on Canvas
100 x 100 cm
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The Eight Immortals of the Party 黨八仙 by Liu Dahong contemporary artwork painting
Liu DahongThe Eight Immortals of the Party 黨八仙, 2019Oil on Canvas
61 x 92 cm
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The Party Rules the Country 黨治國 by Liu Dahong contemporary artwork painting
Liu DahongThe Party Rules the Country 黨治國, 2018Oil on Canvas
70 x 90 cm
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The Mandarine Duck Pavilion 鴛鴦廳 by Liu Dahong contemporary artwork painting
Liu DahongThe Mandarine Duck Pavilion 鴛鴦廳, 2013Oil on Canvas
90 x 136 cm
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Battling the Seaweed Sea 戰苔海 by Liu Dahong contemporary artwork painting
Liu DahongBattling the Seaweed Sea 戰苔海, 2011Oil on Canvas
60.5 x 80.5 cm
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