Banned Book 2, 2008
Liu Ye studied industrial design and mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts before moving to Germany to pursue an MFA at the Fine Arts University in Berlin. His acrylic-and-oil canvases have been presented and extensively exhibited in China, Germany and Switzerland. In the US he is represented by Sperone Westwater, his debut took place in 2006.
In April 2010 his painting “Bright Road” was sold for $2.5 million at a Hong Kong auction, the most for a Chinese contemporary artist in two years.
According to art historian Pi Li, “Liu Ye’s work implied the arrival of a new era concerned with invidualism and the self.” (speronewestwater.com, flickr wakarimasita)