Yibai Liao 1971

Lives in Beacon, NY. Works in Beacon, NY.
Represented by:

Torch Gallery

Working in both two and three dimensions, Chinese-born Yibai Liao is best known for his hand-welded stainless steel sculptures that continuously question today’s skewed concept of value by depicting China’s rags-to-riches story of material obsession. The oversized ostentatious sculptures of watches, rings, handbags, and high heel shoes confront the multitudes of popular brands and logos and their overwhelming presence in today’s society. The work examines this increasing obsession with opulence and luxury goods while discrediting and glorifying it. He simultaneously explores the cultural exchange that has taken place between China and the West following the death of Mao Zedong (shortly after the artist’s birth), symbolized by the role of “icons” such as Mickey Mouse or a McDonald’s hamburger in Liao’s art and memory. These cultural mega-symbols exist side by side with traces of traditional Chinese arts, in the form of meticulous re-interpretations of vases and paintings, throughout Liao’s oeuvre. Thus, the artist’s works illustrate the challenges he faced during childhood ­ and his paralleled fascination with American culture.

Market position


Mike Weiss Gallery and ATM gallery currently present new works by Chinese artist Liao Yibai. The exhibition titled “Real Fake” is Liao Yibai’s second solo show at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York. On display are shiny sculptures of oversized watches, rings, handbags, and high heel shoes. At first sight, they simply seem to be oversized representatives of luxury label products, but at a closer look some of the objects bear names such as Rolls Phillipe and Real Sprada. “By collapsing the concepts of “real” and “fake” through mash-ups of luxury labels, the appropriation of real fake brand names, and the creation of his own luxury brands; Yibai with wit and originality questions China’s rags-to-riches story of material obsession through his exquisitely detailed, hand- welded stainless steel sculptures.” (Excerpt from the press release).


Education 2001 - 2005 Lecturer, Department of Art Design, College of Art, Chongqing University 1997 Graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts (SIFA) Selected Solo Exhibitions 2012 MADE IN CHINA, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY Supersized Fakes and Cold War Artifacts, Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, CO 2010 Real Fake, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY 2009 Imaginary Enemy, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY 2008 Factory 215, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong 2007 Burning, F. Fine Gallery, Beijing, China Selected Group Exhibitions 2016 School’s Out, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY Objects and Everyday Goods, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY 2013 Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT 2012 Bling! Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY 2011 Points Of View: Selections from Seven Colorado Collections, CU Art Museum,Boulder, CO Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ 2010 I Love You, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark 2009 Twinkle Twinkle Red Star, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong 2008 Art Basel Miami, Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FLTrue Colours: Chinese Painting Today, Osage Gallery, Shanghai, China Germinators, China Square, New York, NY Under the Radar, Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL 2006 New Improvement Academy Invitation Exhibition, Guangdong Museum,Guangdong, China 2005 On Going Contemporary Art Show, Hainan University, Haikou; Shenzhen Sculpture Center, Shenzhen, China 2004 Wujian - 04, On the Construction Site of China Exhibition, Shangjiang Cheng /Chongqing, China In Chengdu Contemporary Art Exhibition, Blue Roof Art Center of Chengdu,China MIP TV Cannes Program Fair, SMG Shanghai, Cannes, France 2003 101 Film Studio Documentary Exhibition, 101 Film Studio, Shanghai, China Beida Film Association Documentary Exhibition, Beijing University, China Wuyeshen - New Documentary Exhibition of China, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, Yunnan University, Kunming, China 2002 China International City Sculpture Exhibition & Symposium, Shijingshan Sculpture Park, Beijing, China 1998 Urban Personality Exhibition, Gallery of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, China 1996 Personal Experience Exhibition, Gallery of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, Chongqing, China Selected Permanent Collections Steve Wynn, Macau Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, New Jersey 532 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011 212 209 1572 unixgallery.com info@unixgallery.com Selected Permanent Collections (continued) MGM, Maryland Selected Bibliography 2013 Leica Store and Gallery Los Angeles, American Way, October 1, 2013, p 17-18 “Fake Leica” camera sculpture by Liao Yibai listed for sale, Leica News & Rumors, July 11, 2013 Fauer, Jon. Leica Store Los Angeles Opening, Film & Digital Times, June 21, 2013 The giant “Fake Leica” sculpture inside the Leica LA store is valued at $1 million, Leica News & Rumors, June 21, 2013 Schreffler, Laura. Leica Makes Its LA Debut, HauteLiving.com, June 21, 2013 Simpson, Leah. Snap happy! Seal shows it’s good to be back home as he attends Leica store opening, Daily Mail Online, June 21, 2013 Distler, Arlene. Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art, Artscope Magazine, May/June 2013 Fleschner, Frank. Di Legende lebt! (The Legend Lives!), Focus, 2013 2012 Laluyan, Oscar A. Real Moments for Yibai Show “Made in China”, Art Fuse, October 25, 2012 Streeter, Lily. Liao Yibai Rewrites Chinese History with Bling!, Animal NYC, October 26, 2012 Fleschner, Frank. Die Legende Lebt! (The Legend Lives!), Focus Magazine, June, 2012 Nick, Stacy. FCMOA Exhibit Reimagines China Then and Now Cold War Era Mocked and Praised, Coloradoan, May 16, 2012 Schimke, Ann. Supersized Sculpture in Steel Liao Yibai Exhibit Coming to Fort Collins Museum of Art , ReporterHerald.com, May 10, 2012 2011 Tarantola, Andrew. 350kg Stainless Steel ‘Fake Leica’s’ Aren’t Fooling Anyone, Gizmodo, October 2011 Jansen, Chiu-Ti. China Happenings, NYO Magazine, April 2011 2010 Bearman, Isaac. Avant Gaurdian, Surface Magazine, December 2010 Ayers, Robert. Top 10 Art Events of the Last Decade, The Huffington Post, December 28, 2010 Kinsella, Eileen. A Guide to the Virtual Art Market, ARTnews, November 2010 Morgan, Robert C. Liao Yibai @ Mike Weiss and ATM Galleries, Whitehot Magazine, October 2010 Buhmann, Stephanie. Liao Yibai gets ‘Real’ about our lust for labels – Gleaming silver sculptures supersize consumerism, The Villager; Downtown Express; Chelsea Now; September 23 - 29, 2010 Stone, Rosetta. Artnet Insider, Artnet.com, September, 24, 2010 Ayers, Robert. Art Review, New York Observer, September 27, 2010 Liao Yibai: Real Fake / Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, Vernissage TV, September 16, 2010 Halle, Howard. Chelsea’s Big Openings, Time Out New York, September 9 - 15, 2010 Liao Yibai: Real Fake, Chelsea Now, September 9 - 11, 2010 Liao Yibai: Real Fake, The Villager, September 9 - 11, 2010 Liao Yibai: Real Fake, Downtown Express, September 9 - 11, 2010 Liao Yibai: Real Fake, East Villager, September 9 - 11, 2010 Parker, Lauren. ‘Real Fake’ Art Exhibition Examines Counterfeit Culture, Accessories Magazine, September 7, 2010 On the Cover - Liao Yibai, Real Fake, Gallery Guide, September 2010 Hernandez, Joanna. Private View: Liao Yibai, Modern Painters, September 2010 Goodman, Jonathan. Liao Yibai, Mike Weiss Gallery, Sculpture, June 2010, Vol. 29, No. 5 Lindholm, Erin, New York’s Satellite Fairs: Bling, String, and Subversive Things, Art in America, March 10, 2010 Vilas, Amber; Russeth, Andrew. Scope Comes on Strong, ARTINFO, March 8, 2010 Scope New York | Mike Weiss Gallery, Curated Magazine, March 5, 2010 Zimmer, Amy. This year, upbeat for Armory week, Metro, March 3, 2010 2009 Currie, Robyn. Giant Metal Hamburgers, Trend Hunter Magazine, October 2, 2009 Morgan, Robert. Liao Yibai at Mike Weiss Gallery, World Sculpture News, Summer 2009, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 60-61 532 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011 212 209 1572 unixgallery.com info@unixgallery.com Selected Bibliography (continued) 2009 Ayers, Robert. Reviews: New York - Liao Yibai, Mike Weiss Gallery, ARTnews, October 2009, Vol. 108, No. 9 Liao Yibai, Mike Weiss Gallery, American Contemporary Art, Summer 2009 Buhmann, Stephanie. Four fleeting Chelsea art exhibits, Downtown Express, Volume 22, Number 10, July 17 - 23, 2009 Art: Imaginary Enemy: Liao Yibai, Chelsea Now, June 4-17, 2009, Vol. 3, No. 24 Squibb, S.C. Liao Yibai at Mike Weiss, Art Cat, May 28, 2009 Levin, Dan. Fantasies of a Cold War Child, The New York Times, May 7, 2009 2008 Suarez De Jesus, Carlos. Hot and Sour, Miami New Times, April 16, 2008