Liu Jianhua  

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Liu Jianhua (born 1962 in Ji'an, Jiangxi Province) is a Chinese artist. He is best known for his armless and headless porcelain female bodies in suggestive poses.


He currently lives in Shanghai. He began to learn painting when he was 12, and later moved to Jingdezhen, where he worked at the manufacturing section of the Jingdezhen Pottery. After majoring in sculpture in university at the age of 22, he went on to teach Ceramic Sculpture in the Art Academy upon graduation in 1989.

His artwork has been exhibited in the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Liverpool Art Museum; Irish Museum of Contemporary Art; National Art Museum, Beijing; Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou and Modern Art Museum, Shanghai. He was invited to display at the Chinese Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). He won the Chinese Contemporary Art Literature Prize in 2004, and was awarded First Prize by the committee MC1 in Montpellier, France in 2005.

Liu currently teaches in the Fine Art Academy of Shanghai University.

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