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Ziyu Liao(Zach)

Ziyu Liao (born 1999 in Chengdu, China) is an artist living and working in London and Chengdu. He studied at Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU)(2018-2022) and then at Chelsea College of Art in London (2023-24).​ In his undergraduate studies, he focused on the creation of dramatic stage performances and deeply studied the Chinese drama stage.He discovered that theatrical performances could be combined with dance, installation art, and photography.Because he is an actor, he is more capable of empathizing with people and things in life, and making thoughts and judgments about the difficult-to-discover phenomena in society.He is good at keeping himself out of the situation as an observer, observing, thinking and judging, so as to complete his creation with different artistic languages.​​​

His creative experience was shaped by a single character and used the background and language of the character to convey the central idea of the story, and gradually changed to a visual and multi-perspective video, photography and installation to explore social behavior and the smallest points in society. The relationship between people and people and the relationship between people and society is something that he believes needs to spend his whole life thinking and growing up.

In his works 'FAKE' and 'LOOP', he combines dance, installation art and performance in the form of videos to show a series of social behaviors such as false emotions and body language that he wants to express, as well as problems of deeper social classes behind them, causing the audience to understand and reflect on the deeper meaning.

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EDUCATION

Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU)

School of Fine Arts Chengdu, China

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance 

09/2018-07/2022

Chengdu, China

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

ONTIME SHOWROOM-AKIIKA 2021AW & 2022SS, Shanghai Fashion Week

Project Assistant

Shanghai, China Participated in design and construction work regarding AKIIKA exhibition booth

Played the role of tour guide for customers

Assisted colleagues from marketing department in making sales order forms and delivering goods

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

“Thunderstorm”, SWPU

Actor, Drama Class18

Participated in script adaptation, daily rehearsals and final performance Took charge of adjustment of lighting and stage management

Took part in relevant activities to publicize the performance

“Big Revenge”, Chengdu Star Theatre/Beijing Penghao Theatre

Actor, Late Day Drama Working Studio

Participated in rehearsals and final performance

Took charge of adjustment of lighting and stage management

“Before Sunset”, SWPU/Fengqiuhuang Theatre

Actor, Drama Class 2018

Participated in script adaptation, daily rehearsals and final performance Took charge of adjustment of lighting and stage management

Took part in relevant activities to publicize the performance

04/2021, 10/2021 Shanghai, China

06/2022 

Chengdu,China

05-06/2021 Chengdu/Beijing, China

04/2021

Chengdu, China

Exhibition EXPERIENCE

“Body language”, Cookhouse,Chelsea College of Arts,London                            

12/2023

London, UK

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