The Liu Shiming exhibition at Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, opens Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. The works are from the Liu Shiming Foundation Museum in China. The opening is at 2 PM tomorrow, May 21st.
According to a gallery spokesperson, there will also be a clay workshop for kids and families on May 22nd and May 28th from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Registration is encouraged.
“I think that sculpture should be focused on people and the depiction of people, because people are social beings and creators of art. When we lose people and the human spirit, art loses its soul.
“Chinese methods and Western methods are different, and I was determined to return to Chinese methods. Chinese methods revere spontaneity, but also stress regularity. You must observe closely and imprint things in your memory, but when you start, you can’t be a stickler; you must simply let loose.” — Liu Shiming
About Liu Shiming
Liu Shiming was born in Chongqing in 1951. After graduating from Sichuan Fine Arts Academy in 1974, he worked at the Sichuan Art Museum. In 1984, he went to study at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he became a student of Wu Zuoren and Li Keran.
After graduation, he began teaching at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is now a professor and vice-chairman of the China Sculpture Institute, as well as dean of the School of Sculpture at Beijing Union University.
His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in China and abroad, and his sculptures can be found in public and private collections around the world.
Liu Shiming’s sculpture is based on a deep understanding of Chinese culture, with a focus on the human figure.
His work reveals the relationships between people and their environment, as well as the harmony between humanity and nature. He often uses humor and irony to express his ideas, and his work has a strong emotional impact.
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