Portrait of an Artist: Liu Dan

Merging centuries-old Chinese techniques and elements of the European Masters has defined Liu Dan’s own tradition—dedicated to unrestrained freedom.

In the late 1960s, during the Cultural Revolution in China, a friend showed Liu Dan a selection of Western photography from the pages of a confiscated book and, mesmerized, he scrupulously copied the reproductions of Renaissance-era drawings. He had not yet received any formal training. Over 50 years later, Liu Dan is known internationally for his fastidiously rendered monochrome ink paintings, some of which draw upon compositional elements of the European masters whilst engaging a traditional Chinese form.




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