Liu Shiming

Liu Shiming (1926-2010) was a revered Chinese sculptor, whose works have made a distinct impact on the course of modern Chinese sculpture art. Born in 1926, Shiming attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1946-1951, where he apprenticed under well-known artists and received classical training for fine sculpture art. As early as 1951, Shiming received international recognition for his work Heroes of the Volunteer Army, and thereafter, Shiming continued to make large-scale and publicly displayed sculptures. In the 1960s, Shiming resided in the countryside of Henan and Hebei provinces, where he gained a unique perspective on the working class and rural life. His time outside of the city, and closely handling folk art works in local museums, inspired Shiming to focus on everyday scenes in his works, becoming a common theme of Shiming sculptures. Today, Shiming is recognized for his ability to beautifully capture the most mundane scenes, as well as his aptitude for fusing folk traditions with modern sensibilities.

Liu Shiming works have been displayed in prominent galleries and spaces across the globe, including exhibitions in Beijing, Washington D.C., and most notably a special exhibition in the main atrium of the Oculus in New York City. In 2018, the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing founded the Liu Shiming Sculpture Museum, dedicated to researching and investigating Liu’s artworks and their historical significance.

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Artworks

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Someone Who Wants to Fly 

1982

Bronze 
 

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Face of an Eastern Han Storyteller Figure (Replica)

1970s 

Bronze 
 

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Eji and the Orphans

2004

Bronze
 

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