Shang Liang was born in Beijing in 1981. She graduated from CAFA with a BA in oil painting in 2004, and from CAFA’s Experimental Art program with an MA in 2011. She currently lives and works in Beijing.
Shang Liang’s paintings are sometimes extracted from cinematic scenes, producing echoes and reverberations outside of the flat space of the picture plane. Sometimes based on specific characters, beginning with the “The Real Boy” series in 2012, her works are unlike traditional portraits, and her characters are instead more like symbols, patterns or codes, which split gradually from a singularity into pluralities and then return back to a singularity. In the artist’s subtle oeuvre, these images reflect the artist’s concepts of cell division, reproduction, division, and reassembly, revealing a powerful sense of intimacy. The exquisite brushstrokes and the use of monochromatic hues show the artist’s extraordinary talent and skill.
Recent exhibitions include: “YOHOOD 2018 global trend of Carnival”, Shanghai World Expo exhibition hall, Shanghai, China, 2018; “PLAY”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2018; “Form Consumption Over Substance”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2017; “Brewer J.C. Jacobsen’s Portrait Award-the 2015 Portrait Now!”, The Museum of National History, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015; “One Of Few”, Xin Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China, 2016.