Here & There

Here & There

The Solo exhibition of Liu Lifen in 2019

Bird Man

Bird Man




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



Solo Exhibition

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



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                 Artist                       

               Residency 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)

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

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

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

Pregnant    by Liu lifen

Pregnant by Liu lifen

Oil on Canvas 45x60cm 2019

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

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

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

Untitle by Liu Lifen

Untitle by Liu Lifen

Acrylic, Ink on Paper 30.5x45.5cm 2019

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.