Liu Zhen

Visual Artists based in Zhujiajiao, Shanghai
Founder/Director of UИTITLEDSPΛCE®️ (Gallery/Residency)
Host/Producer of Untitled Nonsense (Podcast)
Co-founder/member of S.T.B (Artist Collective/Creative Agent)




Liu Zhen was born in Jinan, Shandong, China. He moved to Singapore in 2009 and received his Master and Bachelor in Fine Arts. He was active in the Singapore art scene between 2010-2017. He met the Singapore education and art minister as representative of Singapore young artists in 2015. He also went RMIT as an exchange scholar in 2015. His works had been collected by in Singapore National Gallery, LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore Tang-lin Club, Allianze Insurance Singapore Headquarters, and many private collectors. His works have exhibited in many museums, galleries, art fairs, and embassies. In 2017, he moved back to Shanghai, founded UИTITLEDSPΛCE®️, a contemporary art space, and artist residency, also work as its director. In 2019, he founded a podcast called Untitled Nonsense, also as the host and the producer. In 2020, he also co-founded an artist collective/creative agent called S.T.B.



Art Practice

Liu Zhen, a Chinese artist based in Shanghai, makes paintings, which explore the conflict he sees between individuality and modern culture. Looking back at his younger days in an environment of discipline and repression, Liu’s current art research looks at the fears surrounding the lack of self-expression and the presence of self-consciousness in the context of modern sociology.

For Liu, his life experiences have enabled him to reflect on his perception of reality; and through his art and his passion for raising attention to concerns with modern social issues, he is able to amplify the need for an awareness of social responsibility. Influenced by the language of post-modernism, Liu reinvents allegoric sentiment and critical contestation into his paintings to encourage a dialogue with the audience, regarding issues faced in a highly civilized modern society to achieve consensus. His passion is in addressing an over-saturated social media that blurs the boundaries between representation and reality, heightening the audience’s perception to interpret anything and everything in aesthetic terms. Liu wants to raise a conversation about the next phase of understanding with media, to have images which no longer function as representations, images without ambiguity and no intent to shape or reflect aesthetics, to be images of reality, as they are.

Liu questions his role as an artist when his paintings no longer have the ability to reveal a greater truth about reality through images itself. In his current works, the explosion is the content but not the context. Beauty is ironically and unrealistically celebrated, especially in the deliberate framing of otherwise disturbing images with Liu’s exaggerated and distorted expressions hidden within the build-up of the layers in the ‘beautiful’ clouds of smoke.






2016  Master of Arts Fine Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London (United Kingdom)/LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)
2014  Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London (United Kingdom)/LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)


2016 伦敦大学金史密斯学院(英国)/拉萨尔艺术学院(新加坡)艺术硕士(美术)
2014 伦敦大学金史密斯学院(英国)/拉萨尔艺术学院(新加坡)艺术学士(美术)


2020 Let’s Hurt Each Other, Untitled Space, Shanghai, China
2020 Tian Zi Pang, Ke Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2020 Soil of Silent, 1-Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
2017  Instinctive 1.0: (in)visible, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
2016  The Ocean Is Really Blue, Studio Kura Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
2016  And the Rest of Such Things, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2016  The Great Lubricator: The Power of Image – The Image of Power, Societe Generale Gallery, Alliance Francoise de Singapour, Singapore
2015  Sweet Spot, Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2014  SPOT ART 2014, ARTrium@MCI, Singapore
2014  From the Ground Up, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2014  Affordable Art Fair Singapore, F1 Pit Building, Singapore
2013  Impetus, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2010  ARTivist, LASALLE College of the Arts, Project Space, Singapore
2010  East Coast Postcard Exhibition, LASALLE College of the Arts, Project Space, Singapore


2020 互相伤害,无题空间 ,上海 ,中国
2020 田字旁,可美术馆,上海,中国
2020 润物无声,壹艺术画廊,上海 ,中国
2017  Instinctive 1.0: (in)visible,ION Art Gallery,新加坡
2016  The Ocean Is Really Blue,Studio Kura Gallery,福冈,日本
2016  And the Rest of Such Things,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2016  The Great Lubricator: The Power of Image – The Image of Power,Societe Generale Gallery,Alliance Francoise de Singapour,法国驻新加坡大使馆,新加坡
2015  Sweet Spot,Brother Joseph McNally Gallery,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2014  SPOT ART 2014,ARTrium@MCI,新加坡
2014  From the Ground Up,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2014  Affordable Art Fair Singapore,F1 Pit Building,新加坡
2013  Impetus,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2010  ARTivist,拉萨尔艺术学院,Project Space,新加坡
2010  East Coast Postcard Exhibition,拉萨尔艺术学院,Project Space,新加坡