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Liu Lifen  
 
1979   Born in Yunnan province, China
1998-2002    Chinese Painting Department of Yunnan Art Institute, Bachelor’s degree
2012-2013     Visit Artist in Zurich, Switzerland
2005-2006    Visit Artist in Malmoe, Sweden
Lives and Works in Kunming, Yunnan and Sweden
 Received Grants and Scholarship from China Creative Industry Fund, Australian Embassy Beijing, Stadt Zurich in Switzerland and Culture Department of Kunming City; ANA (Asianetwork) in Singapore etc. for artist-in-residency program and projects.

Solo Exhibition
2020    “Kanaljen Konst”Gallery Openning exhibition, Mariannelund, Sweden

2019     “Here·There”, Galley F48, Oslo, Norway
2017     “Solo A Cappella”, Tai project, Kunming
2015     “Rooftop Convention”, Tai project, Kunming
2006    “ Time of Foreign Land, Wuthering Heights, Malmoe, Sweden
 
Two man Exhibition
2017     “What is Man”, KB ART, Simrishamn, Sweden
2016     “In the Morning”, TCG Nordica, Kunming
2007     “Morning Mist” Experimental Fashion Show, TCG Nordica, Kunming
                “Janeric Johansson·Liu Lifen”,Konsthallen I Pumphuset,Sweden
2003     “China Art“, Lista Fyr, Norway
     
Selected Group Exhibitions/Art projects:
2019      “Paper “,  Streetview Anderlecht, Belgium
2019      “Constellation- Yunnan Oil Painting Since 1978”, CGK Art Gallery, Kunming,    China
2018      “Human Driven”, Ai Wei Art Museum, Kunming
2015        “China-Thailand International art Exhibition”, Rajamangala University of 
                    Technology  
Rattanakosin, Bangkok, Thailand
                  “ Yi Jing Yunnan”, Hong Yang Gallery, Kunming, China
 2014      “Out and Home”, Dha-Tsang Art Space, Kunming, China
 2011       “Handelser i kok”, Kulturcentrum i Ronneby, Sweden
 2010      “Ling Long Tower”, Yuan Xiaoceng Art Museum, Kunming, China
                  “Illegal, Temporary and Precarious States of Being - Migration”, Pridi Bhanomyong                        Institut, Bangkok, Thailand.
                  “She’s Vision - 2010 International Contemporary Aggressive Female ArtistChengdu
                    Invitation Exhibition”, Qi Sheng Art Museum, Cheng Du
                   “Four Season·Spring”, Yunnan female artists exhibition, TCG Nordica, Kunming                             China
 2009       “Song Zhuang Art Festival”, Shang Pu Museum, Beijing,China
                    “Above the Clouds”- travel art projects in Dali, Lijiang, XiAn and Beijing, China
 2008        “Yunnan-Vietnam Artists Exchange” Project, YUNART Gallery in Kunming China                          and   Nhasan Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam
2008        “Chinese Contemporary Art Identity and Transformation”, Kalmar Castel, Sweden
                    “Folk-08” project, Mariannelund, Sweden
2007      “Chinese Contemporary Art Identity and Transformation”, Bohuslans Museum,                             Uddvala, Sweden
                 “Janeric Johansson and Liu Lifen’s work”, Konsthallen I Pumphuset, Sweden
2007      “Image Nation - works by a new generation of Chinese artists”, Contrasts Gallery,                            Shanghai
2007       The 3rd Guizhou Biennial, Guizhou, China
2006      “Look forward, look back”, YUNART Gallery, Kunming, Yunnan, China
 
Artist-in-residence
2017       KB ART, Simrishamn, Sweden
2015       “Top End Road Trip“ Aboriginal Art Research, Australia
2014       “Visit 14”, Artist-in-Residency, Mariannelund, Sweden  2012-2013   Zurich-
                   Kunming                 
                    Aist    R
esidency Exchange Award, Zurich, Switzerland
2012        “Curator in Residence” of “Two Generations Tour Exhibion” , Australia.
2009        Prescott University, USA
2008       “My Home Museum” Residency program, F518 Art Community, Shen Zhen
2007       “Occasion Linking”, Residency project between Beijing and Kunming, Song                                         Zhuang,Beijing
2003/2004      “Sugar &Salt” art exchange project at TCG Nordica (China) and Malmoe                                             (Sweden)

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2020-2021
New artworks

2019  Here & There
Artworks in exhibition

The Lake No.1    by Liu Lifen

The Lake No.1 by Liu Lifen

Oil on canvas 180x90cm 2017

The Lake No.2 by Liu Lifen

The Lake No.2 by Liu Lifen

Oil on canvas 180x90cm 2017

Ripple  by Liu Lifen

Ripple by Liu Lifen

Oil on canvas 204x104cm 2019 Sold

Blank No.2     by Liu Lifen

Blank No.2 by Liu Lifen

45.5x30.5cm Acrylic & Water Color on Paper 2016

Bird Man No.3      by Liu Lifen

Bird Man No.3 by Liu Lifen

65x50cm Ink and Acylic on Paper 2016

Touch No.2 by Liu Lifen

Touch No.2 by Liu Lifen

30.5X45.5cm Acrylic, Ink on Paper 2016 Sold

Swimming No.6 by Liu Lifen

Swimming No.6 by Liu Lifen

Water color on paper 30.5X45.5cm 2016

Sadness by Liu Lifen

Sadness by Liu Lifen

Oil on canvas 80x100cm 2015 Sold

Pregnant    by Liu lifen

Pregnant by Liu lifen

Oil on Canvas 45x60cm 2019 Sold

Untitle         by Liu Lifen

Untitle by Liu Lifen

Acrylic, Ink on Paper 30.5X45.5cm 2016

Untitle         by Liu Lifen

Untitle by Liu Lifen

Acrylic, Ink on Paper 30.5X45.5cm 2016

Sniff      by Liu Lifen

Sniff by Liu Lifen

Oil on Canvas 73x60cm 2019 Sold

Crying  byLiu Lifen

Crying byLiu Lifen

Acrylic and Ink on Paper 76x57cm 2016

Waterfall Desire by LiuLifen

Waterfall Desire by LiuLifen

Oil on canvas 30x40cm 2016

My Shadow  by Liu Lifen

My Shadow by Liu Lifen

Oil on Canvas 73x60cm 2019 Sold

Dream by Liu Lifen

Dream by Liu Lifen

Acrylic on Paper 45.5x30.5cm 2016

Dialogue by Liu Lifen

Dialogue by Liu Lifen

Acrylic and Water Color on Paper 45.5x30.5cm 2016 Sold

Untitle by Liu Lifen

Untitle by Liu Lifen

Acrylic, Ink on Paper 30.5x45.5cm 2019 Sold

Here and There

About Liu Lifen and her art  

                            

by Xia Hua

Regarding the title of exhibition,  Here and There, which is taken from a related word wheresoever in a sentence in the Buddhist scriptures Perfection of Wisdom in Chinese. It means constant time and space. Therefore here and there means also now and then. We believe that is suitable for artist Liu Lifen’s artistic creations and some part of her personal life.   Before the artist moved in Simrishamn in Sweden 2018, she had been constantly resident in several studios or spaces in different countries for fifteen years.  It was a worldwide roaming and the living style of this artist.  Liu presents some connection and intrinsic logic in her artworks. We are glad to see these unique soul landscapes of Liu Lifen through the new exhibition today.


In 2018/2019, Lifen experienced an important changing in her life. She moved to Simrishamn in Sweden from Kunming in China due to her new job. Almost completely synchronized, she got pregnant and became a mother. During the nodes and processes of this period, she began to create a new series paintings.  We can see her new expression is different from her early paintings. As a mother,  Liu gives attention to all things around her. A newborn baby, a growing daughter accompanied by toys. Nearly close-up of marine life, seawater. All of this is being expressed on her new paintings.  Her former works, like Lake (2017), showed a nearly panoramic view, a bystander's perspective.  Liu often painted a lonely paper boat or a small house, they symbolize any kind of floating, fragility and uncertainty. Unstable things with no destination. Now, the paper boat disappears. She approaches and examine these things. They are a quiet swan, or a sleeping waterfowl rounded by ripples and sea creatures, like soft and warm fabric. New works show some certainty and calm. They are here and don’t need a destination anymore. No longer a far-sighted perspective this time.