Liu Ruo Wang was born in 1977 in the mountainous area of Jia Xian in the district of Yulin, north of the province of Shaanxi, one of the first area to which Catholic missionaries arrived in China. In fact “Ruowang”, the artist's surname, corresponds to the name of the Catholic saint John. Liu Ruo Wang is a young artist that grew up after the reforms enacted in China. He moved to the provincial capital from a poor, little village in Western China in order to further his studies. He later transferred to Beijing.
In 1996 he was admitted to a fashion Design course at Xìan Polytechnic University, which the artist later abandoned, driven by the desire to become a painter. He arrived in Beijing in 1999 and from 2002 to 2005 the artist studied in a post-graduate course as an assistant at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 2005 his piece The East is Red was awarded a prize at the “Light of the Academy” exhibition; a show of some of the best works produced by CAFA students.
The work of Liu Ruo Wang is articulated in various cycles, among which are Original Sin, Wolves Coming, Heaven Soldier, The People, Melody, Dodo and pictorial series, in particular that of Living Things.
From 2005 his work began to be known and appreciated in the Chinese art world and abroad. In time he acquired an international reputation and his work is exhibited in diverse parts of the world such as Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, Queenstown, Venice, Turin, Büdelsdorf in Germany where he won the NordArt prize in 2016. In the same year he won an international prize from the Naples Cultural Classic association. His work can be found in major collections and prestigious museums worldwide.