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Liu Yan was born in Beijing in 1965 and received her MFA from the Capital Normal University in 1998. She is currently a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the College of Fine Arts of the Capital Normal University. She is an esteemed member of the Beijing Fine Artists Association and the Beijing Female Fine Artists Association. An introspective artist, she believes that, "an outstanding artwork should be touched by the artist's soul and emotions with a personal angle." Her works are exhibited internationally can be found in prominent private and corporate collections throughout the world.

1965   Born in Beijing
1990   Received BA at the Beijing Teachers Training College
1998   Received MA in Chinese Painting from the Fine Arts College
                  of Capital Normal University
1998-present   Associate professor at Fine Arts College of Capital
                  Normal University
Currently lives and works in Beijing