New Longshan Series, 2020-050, Group 5

24 x 24 x 18 cm


This is a unique work


The idea of New Longshan Series is based on the Longshan Culture about pottery from around 2500 BC. Wan Liya was born and grew up in the Shandong Province in the eastern part of China, which is the birthplace of the Longshan Culture. He was inspired by the Longshan Pottery collection in the Zhucheng Museum after a visit in 2016. 


  • Wan Liya reveals that he is an artist of many skills and talents. He has had a long career experimenting with different art forms. Besides working with ceramics, Wan paints and builds installations, often combining porcelain with other materials. His sculptural designs are firmly grounded within the traditions of his inheritance as a Chinese artist as well as his exposure to the many styles and materials of global contemporary ceramics. Born in Qingdao, China, in the 1960s, a port city in Eastern China’s Shandong province Wan came late to art. His early life was marred by China’s Cultural Revolution and art was not a profession one could freely pursue. Wan worked as a merchant shipper for the first part of his working life, then turned to art towards the end of the last century. Liya is known to be among the earliest artists to turn to contemporary ceramic art and he has been involved in many significant art activities that greatly influenced the progress of the modernization of Chinese ceramic art. 
    Wan Liya has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions in China, in South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Peru and The Netherlands. His work can be found in collections around the world, in museums, private collections and in public spaces. He teaches and frequently gives lectures about his own work, art and art in public spaces in Beijing as well as in his home town Qingdao.

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