Born in 1977 in the mountain area of Jiaxian County of Yulin District in the northern part of Shaanxi Province. After completing his program study in CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts) in 2005, Liu Ruowang received recognition from many institutions and his works were then represented in private, public, and corporate collections around the world. His works – sculptures and paintings – are deeply rooted in Chinese cultural and historical context (eg. Wolves Coming!, The East is Red, People series, Heaven’s Soldier, Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water, Original Sin, Dodo). In 2011 and 2012, Liu’s works were shown in the National Museum of China, China National Art Museum, and other museums throughout China. In 2013 his works were exhibited at the South Korean Parliament. In 2015 Wolves Coming!, originally shown in Beijing’s 798 Art District, was exposed in Italy at the University of Turin and at the 2015 Venice Biennale. In 2016 Liu Ruowang was chosen as Theme Artist at NordArt 2016 where he was also awarded the Highest Popularity Award. In 2018 he won the Canova Prize – Contemporary Excellence Award in New York, while in 2019 was awarded the Napoli Medal of Honor by the Mayor of Naples.
Liu Ruowang repeatedly deals with questions about the origin and provenance of mankind, its roots, the meaning of existence, and the related life task of each individual. His works symbolize a bridge between history and our current existence. Also "Original Sin" ask questions about the value and the meaningfulness of the vital origin, threatened by the achievements of civilization. Nevertheless, to perceive the beautiful, to consistently maintain hope and longing, and to strive for constant improvement in the course of the advancing civilization – this is what Liu Ruowang is calling for with his works. 36 ape-men were presented at NordArt 2016. Since then, the sculptures have been staged anew every year and are also shown in the collaborative exhibitions.