Pixy Liao

b. 1979, Shanghai, China

Pixy Liao is a multidisciplinary artist who works with photography, installation, and performance to create works that undermine patriarchal stereotypes in a heterosexual relationship, humorously revealing the multitude of ways to be together. Liao is known for her staged photography where she poses with her Japanese partner and collaborator, Moro. Her carefully constructed tableaus culminate into her long-term and on-going photographic project, Experimental Relationship (2007-present). These self-portraits are performative and occasionally bawdy, in which Liao intentionally subverts traditional hierarchies in gender relations.

Liao’s recent solo exhibitions took place at Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne, 2023), Light Work (New York, 2022), Fotografiska (Tallinn, 2022; Stockholm, 2021; New York, 2021), and The Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, 2019). Liao took part in group exhibition at Johnson Museum of Art (New York, 2023), X Museum (Beijing, 2023), Shanghai Centre of Photography (Shanghai, 2023), Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth, 2022), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (Michigan, 2022), Fotomuseum (Winterthur, Switzerland, 2022), Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung (Munich, 2021), National Gallery of Australia (Sydney, 2020), and HOW Museum (Shanghai, 2020). Her work is collected by Alexander Tutsek – Stiftung (Germany), Franklin Furnace Archive (US), Fort Wayne Museum of Arts (US), Fundación MEDIANOCHE0 (Spain), He Xiangning Art Museum (China), M+ (Hong Kong), Møllersamlingen (Møller collection) (Norway), Museum of Fine Arts (US), The Center for Fine Art Photography (US), Vontobel Art Collection (Switzerland), White Rabbit Collection (Australia), and White Villa Collection (France), among others.

Liao currently lives and works in New York.

Videos (4)
Breda Photo Festival, "Pixy Yijun Liao"
RFI English, "My partner Moro is my muse", Chinese photographer Pixy Liao"
shashasha, "About the Corona pandemic & upcoming projects"
Asia Society, "Artist Talk: Pixy Yijun Liao in Conversation with Barbara Pollack"