Liu Youju: The Artistic Aspirations of an Outsider

January 29 12:04 2018

There was an independent freelance artist who was born into a very particular social order in China. He left the Chinese calligrapher’s Association in 2011. A Chinese calligrapher with a great reputation became the founder of illusional painting. He is an academic artist, and has practiced over a long time and has well-grounded artistic innovation. His exploration of illusion painting has aroused people’s deep thought regarding contemporary art.

In 2014, Mr. Liu’s paintings were exhibited in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in the United States.

In March 2015, Mr. Liu held his personal exhibition at the Beijing’s Today Art Museum.

“The Rational Return of Illusionism — Liu Youju Art Exhibition” was held in the Maréchal Hall of the Louvre in August 2015.


In August 2015, “The Rational Return of Illusionism — Liu Youju Art Exhibition” was held in Maréchal Hall of the Louvre. David Cameo(middle), Director of French Decoration Art Hall attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

On 18th October, 2015, the famous Chinese artist Liu Youju was invited by the British Parliament and the British Museum Group to hold the opening ceremony for “Integration of the Classic and Contemporary Eras: Liu Youju’s Painting Exhibition” with the British Museum as the venue. Mr. Liu Youju’s paintings “Through a Millennium” and “Fertility of the Universe”, were kept permanently by the British Parliament and The British Museum.

“Integration of the Classic and Contemporary Eras: Liu Youju’s Painting Exhibition” was held in the British Museum, the picture shows the opening ceremony.

On June 2016, he was invited by the Florence National Academy of Fine Arts to hold “Demolition VS Construction — the Exhibition of Liu Youju’s Illusionism Paintings”, and to do a seminar on his individual works and it was convened at the Leonardo da Vinci Art Center of European Renaissance Memorial in Florence. According to the university, only five world-class artists have held seminars on individual works since the European Renaissance. Liu Youju is the only living artist to do this.


On June 2016 , “Demolition VS Construction — the Exhibition of Liu Youju’s Illusionism Paintings” was held in the Florence National Academy of Fine Arts. The picture shows the President of the Florence National Academy of Fine Arts, Christina Achetini, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
 

A seminar on Liu Youju’s individual works is convened at the Leonardo da Vinci Art Center of European Renaissance Memorial in Florence.

In July 2016, the exhibition was held at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence. His paintings “Autumn Scenery”, “Association” and “Trace” were collected by the Florence National Academy of Fine Arts of Italy, the Milan Brera Academy of Fine Arts and the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

In October 2017, “The Illusion of Time and Space Meets the Pompidou — Liu Youchang Painting Exhibition And Academic Research Association” was held at the Centre Georges Pompidou in France.


“The Illusion of Time and Space Meets the Pompidou — Liu Youchang Painting Exhibition And Academic Research Association”, the picture shows the president of the French Association of Plastic Arts, Rémy Aron (left), Liu Youju (middle), French famous art critic Yves Kobry (right).

According to the academic host of the meeting, Yves Kobry, a French art historians and art critic and senior curator’s introduction: “Mr Liu Youju is the first Chinese artist to hold an exhibition and a conference in the Centre Georges Pompidou. Mr Liu, who is a poet and calligrapher, was inspired by abstract expressionism and action paintings, notably by Jackson Pollock and Sam Francis, to complete his own unique style of painting. Although his works are consistent in style, the diversity of his inspiration is shocking. Some paintings use symbols and lines to capture a direct and brief impression on white space, while the other works are classic abstract landscapes. His paintings evoke the viewer’s impression of mountains, the sky, clouds, the wind, and invites them to join this meditation.” The French version of Europe “Art and Culture” introduced Chinese artist Liu Youju’s “artistic movements” to Europe in recent years. In particular, the article mentioned “Liu Youju as a master of the art of Chinese calligraphy, whose painting are of great importance to the world.” “Liu Youju, as the figure of the illusionist painting, has created a new school of impressionism and action, and he has made full preparations for the completion of this new school of painting from the perspective of thought, theory and creation,” said Mr. Tiberusser, editor of the French “World of Art”, in an interview with China’s senior journalist Liu Dapeng.

As a cultural outsider within a particular social order, he made an academic report on “The Criticism of Art Regionalism” in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in June 2016. “”Illusionism” is not “the painting of the Oriental God” but a psychological return to the language of human painting”, said Liu. He said that “the primary stage of mankind” may be insufficient as a “language” to communicate, so they used “patterned” dialogue to complement the “language” deficiency, and after a long historical evolution, this “patterned” language has been further reduced, and completely upgraded to the point where “sound”, “language” and “painting” were separated.

Liu said that the “first painting” of mankind is the most beautiful, he made a very good analogy, like “the first egg” has the most nutrition. The world became complicated when the mankind moved from the “agriculture society” into the modern “industrialized civilization”. The division between country and nation finally formed the serious culture and thought opposition. The interdisciplinary nature of human social development has finally formed distinct values. The eastern and western cultures have been forming with opposing states of values since long ago, but sometimes they are “brought closer” by the intellectual and cultural elites and the forces of civilization. The “European Renaissance” and China’s “New Culture Movement” are different marks of human civilization. Both liberated humanity to different extents. The battle for value orientation between eastern and western culture has quietly escalated in the past few years, according to Liu. After the establishment of a civilized world order, it will still often be challenged by “regionalism”. The interest groups of “regionalism” often have the most demagogic slogans of “protecting national traditional culture”. The “illusionism” is to seek “skill liberation” while, more important it is to break the spiritual shackle of “regionalism”. Liu youju’s academic lecture astonished audiences for the full hour it was presented over. In the end, he humorously said: “Today, I am engaged in academic and ideological exchange with the teachers and students of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, the roof of the world’s fine arts palace, I had to ‘escape’ BEFORE I could return to regionalism!”

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