Liu Chengrui (Guazi) was born in Qinghai Province in 1983. He graduated from Qinghai Normal University with a degree in Fine Arts in 2005, and currently lives and works in Beijing. His practice covers “live performances”, “durational performances”, videos, writings, etc. “Live performances” (or on-site performances) highlight the intense degree of repetition of certain behaviors in a particular setting. “Durational performances” often explore the relationships among people established for art-related purposes, regardless of any potential cultural inequalities. Maintaining this relationship with people, the artist manages to influence their life paths and social characters. Most of the artist’s durational performances last for a lifetime. The artist’s video work often employes pasture landscape as backgrounds to invoke the absurdity and poetic qualities of human beings situated in such a surrealistic atmosphere.
Liu Chengrui’s major solo exhibitions include: Pagan, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2016; Into The Sun, X Gallery, Beijing, China, 2015; So the River, A4 CAC, Chengdu, China, 2013; Our Backgrounds are All the Same, Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing, 2011, etc. Selected group exhibitions include: Heavy Artillery, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2016; The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2015; 6th Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia, 2015; Performance Platform Lublin, Labyrinth Gallery, Lublin, Poland 2013; The 19th Nippon International Performance Art Festival, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano, Japan, 2013; 53rd Venice biennale international art exhibition Exhibits from Macao, Venice, Italy, 2009, etc. Selected awards: Excellence Award, Youth Plus-Young Artists Promotion Project supported by China National Arts Fund, 2015; First prize, the 1st Circle Art Youth Award, 2015; Merit Award, Inward Gazes - Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art, Macao Museum of Art, 2008. Poems Published: So the River, A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu, 2013; Which Way to East, Qinghai Normal University, 2004.