Liu Hong’s work features women in order to capture the effects of consumerism and changing moral values in modern Chinese society and how these influences affect the survival instincts of women today. The modern women featured in her work, illustrates how they no longer embrace the disciplined and down-to-earth image that was prevalent in the seventies. These women portray a shift in imagery, featuring them as decadent, beautiful, sexual objects. Liu Hong captures these characteristics through deliberate pursuit and overt sexualising of their lips for example.
Liu Hong was born in Shan’Xi’s Feng Xiang, in 1956. In 1982, she graduated from Si Chun Art College with a major in Canvas from the Painting Department. She received her master’s degree in 1986 in the same major and college. Since then, she has taught at Si Chun Art College til today. She is now a professor dean at the Cheng du Fine Arts Academy and since 1980, her paintings have been shown in many large exhibitions.