Liu Xiaofeng is a contemporary painter from Hubei Province, China (*1976). She is known for her black and white series *Body* and *Butterfly*.
Liu Xiaofeng chooses subjects for her paintings that evoke luxury and erotic. Her staged still lives of the series *Body* show female beauty and allurement. Her series *Butterfly* seems to be a metaphor of the series *Body*. The images of butterflies are painted in an enlarged scale. In this way there remains a distance between the painted world and the world of the viewer. By using a color palette that only includes white, grey and black Liu Xiaofeng highlights the stylised character of her work. The predominant dark tones of her series *Butterfly* create a night atmosphere and emphasize the white patterns of the butterfly wings.
Her oeuvre represents a self-confident young Chinese generation. Liu Xiaofeng makes a link to the Chinese erotic paintings of the 18th century but translates them to contemporary society.
A dark butterfly with white spots seems to just have landed on a branch. The long legs are stretched and the spread wings seem to be in movement. The soft light is dimmed so that only the white spots of the butterfly and the contrast to the greyish background shape the body. The point of view is on the level of the animal’s legs.
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