Hung Liu challenges the documentary authority of historical Chinese photographs by subjecting them to the more reflective process of painting. Born in 1948, Liu grew up under the Maoist regime in China. She studied mural painting in Beijing before immigrating to attend the University of California, San Diego. The Wall Street Journal has called Liu “the greatest Chinese painter in the US.” She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Graphics Council International. A career retrospective organized by the Oakland Museum of California is scheduled to travel in 2015. Liu’s works have been exhibited and collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art, among many others. She lives in Oakland, where she is a professor at Mills College.
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