What is your ultimate goal for your artwork? My art is a reflection of self-exploration. I want to be able to understand myself, which makes it a lot easier for me to understand human beings in general. When people can feel what others are feeling, there will be much less fear and confusion in the world.
Dress Me Up With Love by Junyi Liu
Do you ever venture out of your creative process to try out new things? Yes. I have done various performance art and installations. I really enjoy the freedom of the creating process and the conceptual depth these art forms can achieve.
What other artists have you shown with? Shana Levenson, Patricia Watwood, Ricky Mujica, David Kassan, Janet Cook, Michael Bergt, John Balsamo, Lucas Bononi, etc.
Explain your process. For the“Lonely Together” series, I painted real, young woman I’ve met in the city. They’ve shared with me their stories, and I tried to capture a moment that embodied the way they talk and behave. I took photo shoots with them, and did compositional sketches for the painting. After I came up with a satisfying image, I started to draw and paint on stretched linen.
A Present For You | Acrylic on canvas | 40x40 inches | 2018
Which was your breakthrough piece? Tell us more about it. My breakthrough piece is “A Present For You”. All the references I had were a picture of the nude and random photos of meat, fish, chicken and sausages that I found online. I wanted to achieve the illusion that the figure is lying on top of a huge pile of food, so I had to pay lots of attention to the perspective while designing how every piece of meat entangles in the painting, which trained my brain to think in 3D. This painting also contains a tremendous amount of detail. I made sure every inch of the meat has believable patterns and textures. Painting this piece took me a year, and it was a huge challenge for my patience, decision making ability, as well as painting techniques.
How do you price your work? I price my work based on its size, the cost of materials, how much time I put into it, cost of frame, and how well the imagery turned out.
Who is your art crush? Daniel Keys. He is a magician and brings everything alive.