Nan Liu’s Cross-Cultural Perspective

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Exhibits

Nan Liu’s Cross-Cultural Perspective

July 1 – 30th

Opening Reception July 8th, 6 to 9 PM

Gallery Talk July 23rd, 1 to 3 PM


Liu, Nan began to study Chinese brush painting and calligraphy at a very young age in Tianjin, China. At the age of 16, Nan has named the winner of the prestigious title, “Young Artist of Tianjin” by the Cultural Committee of Tianjin City. In 1992, he was admitted to the Oriental Art Department of Nan Kai University and began to study Chinese brush painting. Among his many teachers, he was most influenced by the renowned contemporary Chinese painter Fan Zeng, especially by his use of simple and vigorous brush strokes and dynamic delineation of form. In 1996, Nan continued his graduate study in Art Education at Capital Normal University in Beijing. In 1999, Nan came to the United Stated and studied Art Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in pursuit of his Master of Arts degree.

In 2002, Nan began his pursuit of a dual degree that included both a Master of Fine Art degree in painting and a Ph.D in art education at Florida State University. As a young emerging artist, Nan has explored various art forms in recent years, including drawing, watercolor, tempera and oil painting. The subjects range from still life, figures, and landscape. Nan’s artworks promote natural and simple artistic expression and nature has consistently served as the main theme in his works in recent years. In Nan’s recent paintings, he attempts to create a series of life-sized figurative oil paintings of his FAMU students.

Nan’s artworks have been exhibited across the United States among public institutes, museums, and galleries. Many of his paintings and drawings were collected by private patrons. Nan has won several regional and national juried exhibitions and shows. In 2005, Nan was awarded the Mario Plescia Award for painting by Florida State University. In 2012, Nan received Best in Show Award from 24th Art in Gadsden Exhibition, Most Thought Provoking Award from Alexandria Museum of Art’s 25th September Competition Exhibition in Louisiana, Founder’s Award from Sumi-e Society of America’s 49th Annual Juried Exhibition, and Jean Wagner Troemel Award from St. Augustine Art Association’s “3rd Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition”. In 2013, Nan won 2nd Place in Valdosta National all media juried art competition at Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University in Georgia, Best of Show Calligraphy and National Capital Area Chapter Award by Sumi-e Society of America’s 50th Annual Juried Exhibition, 1st Place in Ocala Art Group’s Juried Art Exhibition “A Toast to the Arts-Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” at Appleton Museum of Art. In 2014, Nan received 2nd Place in St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Honors Show, and 3rd Place at Art Center Sarasota’s 2nd Annual Florida Flavor Exhibition. In 2015, Nan was the 2nd Place Winner of the 27th Art in Gadsden Fine Arts Exhibition.

Nan has given presentations on the subject of Chinese Art, especially Chinese brush painting and calligraphy, across the country among universities, museums, public schools, conferences and symposiums. Nan had taught art classes for all age-level groups and has worked with young students from kindergarten to high school, college students, and senior citizens. Nan currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Haiqiong Deng, their young son, Ethan, and daughter, Isabel. Nan is currently the associate professor teaching drawing, painting and art education classes at Department of Visual Arts, Florida A&M University.

 Nan in his studio-1

Nan Liu painting in his studio at railroad square art park

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