Liao is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice covers photography, installation and performance. Liao is known for her staged photography, where she poses with her boyfriend-turned-muse, Moro. Her works challenge the traditional gender roles in heterosexual couples, humorously revealing the multitude of ways to be together.
In 2019, Liao had a major solo exhibition at the Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France. Liao has also participated in exhibitions and performances in institutions internationally, including the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing, China); He Xiangning Art Museum (Shenzhen, China); the Museum of Sex (New York, USA); Asia Society (Houston, USA); Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, UK); and Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney, Australia).
Liao currently lives and works in New York.
Experimental Relationship / 2007 - now
Pixy Liao’s Experimental Relationship is a celebration of the naturally unconventional relationship between the artist and her partner Moro, who is Japanese and fives years her junior. Experimental Relationship playfully subverts the conventions of traditional power dynamics through a hyperawareness in the performativity of gender, often presenting the female artist in the dominant role and her partner in a submissive position. Liao stages images that range from the intimate to the risqué, as the artist questions concepts such as heteronormativity, gender hierarchy, and the public-private domains of a relationship.