Chinese, b. 1960s
Born and raised in Shanghai, Ann Niu (Niu An) graduated from the renowned Musashino Fine Art University in Japan then moved to Korea and The USA for her art & design career. Understanding her profound passion in painting, she moved back to Shanghai, set up her studio in 2000 and started painting in various mediums. As a young girl, Liu An practiced Chinese calligraphy, her flourishing skills and talent turned her into a great painter. Ann masters very well in the use of lines to create movements, flow and dynamics. These include shapes, straight lines, curves, ovals and circles. It is always interesting to look at Ann's artwork repeatedly due to the business of her paintings. Ann’s works are also pictorial and she is fond of including Chinese characters in it, like diary and penmanship.
Ann paints different themes and series, ranging from portraits to studying the complexity of relationship. In her paintings, Liu An wishes to express the feelings of people living in the urban areas.
Prior to her artistic career, Ann Niu has had exposure in art and design in both Japan and the USA.
From an early age Ann Niu practiced calligraphy. This has further aided her development and creativity in her distinctive artworks.
She has an impressive number of public artworks and public collections globally.
Education and Background
Working in Shanghai, established studio, creating artwork and experimenting various media
Travelled to South Asia and U.S.A.
Resided in Austin, Texas and San Francisco, California.
Established new studio creating artwork and experimenting in various media
Took sabbatical in Korea to research Korean contemporary art and studied the cultural route of art between Korea, Japan
Worked as a photographer and special reporter, wrote “Letter from Korea” for international art review magazine NMP, published on the Internet.
1995 – 1996
Worked for an architecture design department of Fujita
- Tokyo, Japan.
1993 – 1995
Worked for a Hoenkan Interior Design Studio - Tokyo, Japan.
BA Honours from Musashino Fine Arts University - Tokyo, Japan
Studied at Shanghai University, Fine Arts Department, China
Graduated from Shanghai University, Fine Arts College, China
"Flash Flash" Ann Niu Solo Exhibition, Shanghai, China
Ann Niu & Qiu Sheng Xian Contemporary Chinese Art Duo Solo Exhibition, Art Futures Group, Hong Kong
Microcosm - Ann Niu Solo Exhibition, ArtCN Gallery,
Niu Ann's recent work at SH Contemporary, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China
Niu Ann's painting, The Opposite House, Beijing, China
2000-2010, Shanghai Art Museum, China
DRAMA, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
Independent Series, Natelier, Shanghai, China
Femme Peintures de Niu An, La Maison de La Chine, Paris, France
For a Good Reason, Hong Merchant of Australia,
45 x 40 Ink work of Niu An, Hong Merchant Gallery,
Breathe, OmniQ Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Unfitted Place, Hong M Gallery, Shanghai, China
Entering, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong
Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair, Zendai Art, Beijing, China
Portrait Series Joined Winter Group Exhibition, IBU Gallery,
Ceramic Work Participate Design Shanghai with Kaolin Gallery, Shanghai, China
Fine Art Asia, Waterhouse & Dodd, Hong Kong
Head On, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
30 Degree, Island 6 Art Centre / Studio Rouge Gallery,
Reach the Heart - Art in Hospital, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
50-80 Group Exhibition, J Gallery, Shanghai, China
Tribes - Group 1, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
Art Lan Asia Zaim Yokohama Art Foundation, Yokohama, Japan
40- Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
Face Value, World Art Centre, Rotterdamseweg, Netherlands
Shanghai Group Exhibition, Studio Rouge, Shanghai, China
Art Saturdays, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong
Neo Abstraction, Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Grand Exhibition of Fine Art, Shanghai
Art Museum, China
China Art Now, Singapore National Art Museum, Singapore
Major Public Collections & Creations
with Other Media
Mini Documentary Movie "Under Stand A- Niu Ann &
Scholar stone "
Went Jingdezheng making ceramic plates series "24 seasons"
Glass Mural for Joyce Boutique, Hong Kong
Commissioned paintings for HSBC, Hong Kong Headquarters
Published stamp "Niu An's art work" by China Post, China
Commissioned paintings "Seer - 8610 series", "Seer - 8621series" and "MAP series" for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou
branch of HSBC
Large scale glass mural "Beats together" for Adidas exhibition
"Sport and Art" MOCA, Shanghai, China
Commissioned painting for HSBC, Hong Kong Headquarters
Mural "Where Are You Tonight" for La Garcon Chinois, Spanish cuisine restaurant / bar, Shanghai, China
Large scale glass mural "Under the fine sky" for the VIP lounge room in SHARP, China
Large scale glass building mural Embraced for Shanghai Carnival Shanghai International Tourism Festival, Shanghai, China
Large scale glass mural "Kissing You While Dancing" for Le Club of La Maison Cabaret of Xintiandi, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Art Museum
Singapore National Art Museum
Swire Hotels Group
AWA - Australia Wild Abalone Association AWA
ANA Hotel & Resort, Japan
Novel City, Shanghai, China
Ogilvy Publications Worldwide