Location: Texas (US)
Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material-and-process-driven, site-responsive installations. Working with commonplace materials and elements such as thread, needle, scissors, feather, salt, wax, and cement. Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. As Kay Whitney wrote about Liu’s work in Sculpture Magazine: “Liu’s installations leap from obsession and repetition to something profound and expansive, merging the personal with the political.”
Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas. Liu received her MFA degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2003). Also, Liu is an Institute for the Humanities Fellow (2020-2022) and the Leslie Waggener Endowed Professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Served on the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Museum Panel (2019). Teaching has been endorsed by a UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2011), selected across the nine institutions of the University of Texas System.