Born in Taiwan and raised in the American Midwest, Charlene Liu is an artist based in Oregon. Liu's work explores a pictorial space by turns illusionistic and graphic, combining hand-drawn, digitally constructed, and mechanically reproduced tropes and motifs. Using printmaking, painting and papermaking processes, Liu samples and juxtaposes cultural references and the natural environment in an attempt to reconcile matters of biography and place.
Liu has exhibited her work at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR), the Schneider Museum (Ashland, OR), the Tacoma Museum of Art (Tacoma, WA), Shaheen Modern & Contemporary (Cleveland, OH), Taylor de Cordoba Gallery (Los Angeles), Virgil de Voldere Gallery (New York), Galeria Il Capricorno (Venice, Italy), and Andrea Rosen Gallery 2 (New York). Her work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, New American Paintings, The New York Times, and FlashArt International and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the New Museum (New York), and the Tacoma Art Museum. Liu is an Associate Professor and the Printmaking Coordinator in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon. She received her MFA from Columbia University (New York City) in 2003 and a BA from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) in 1997.