Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material- and process-driven, site-responsive installations. Working with commonplace materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, fire, and water, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. Janet Koplos spoke of Liu’s works as “materially simple but metaphorically rich” (Art in America Review, April 2009).
Liu’s work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Hå Gamle Prestegard; Norwegian National Art and Culture Center; Hua Gallery, London, UK; Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai; and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco. Additionally, Liu has been recipient of many grants and awards including 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, and 2018 Texas State Artist in 3D medium by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Commission on The Arts. Liu’s work has also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Museum of Southeast Texas, 2014).
Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas, USA. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.