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.
Ape-man looking up into the sky symbolizes the springing up of ancient civilization; today, high civilization brings advanced material culture, yet the nature we live on is being damaged unceasingly. The perplexed eyesight and innocent face of ape-man reveals the desire to correct all of these faults and to step towards a brighter future. The title originates from my sense of social reality. I express my upset towards the deviated part in the ocean of civilization we live in with this series of works and appeal for more attention to beautiful things.