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Liu Jianhua, Square No. 17, 2014, porcelain, steel, 6.2 cm x 222 cm x 222 cm (2-7/16" x 87-3/8" x 87-3/8") © Liu Jianhua

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b. 1962, Ji’an, China

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Liu Jianhua began his career in 1977 by working at the Jingdezhen Pottery and Porcelain Sculpture Factory.

In 1985, he was admitted to the Fine Arts Department of the Jingdezhen Pottery & Porcelain College, majoring in Sculpture. After graduating in 1989, Liu went on to teach at the College of Fine Arts at the Yunnan Institute of the Arts. Since 2004, Liu has been a professor in the Sculpture Department of the Fine Arts School of Shanghai University. Creating sculpture and installations in porcelain, found objects, and other materials, Liu responds to Chinese culture and material history within the context of globalization. Liu, together with artists Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, and curator Leng Lin, established the Polit-Sheer-Form Office group in 2005.

His work is included in the permanent collections of institutions including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Guangdong Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kawara Museum, Shiga; Shenzhen Art Museum; Today Art Museum, Beijing; USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai. His installation Square (2014) was included in the 2017 Venice Biennale.

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Liu Jianhua, Blank Paper, 2009-2012, porcelain, 200 cm × 100 cm × 0.7 cm (78-3/4" × 39-3/8" × 1/4") © Liu Jianhua

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Liu Jianhua, Container Series 2010-4A, 2010, porcelain, 24" diameter © Liu Jianhua