Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1979, LIAO Yu-An graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2002 and received his Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts at Tainan National University of the Arts in 2005. He won the First Prize of Taipei Arts Award with his bird-man Self-Portrait in 2003.
After winning Taipei Arts Award, Liao has held several solo exhibitions, including I think what I am...（2003） at Shin Leh Yuan Art Space, Taipei, State of Weightlessness（2003）at Prototype, Tainan, Perplexity（2004）at Absolutely SPP, Kaohsiung, Drowse（2007）at Butchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei, Death Pretentious..?（2007） at IT PARK, Taipei, Fondle Without Tenderness（2008） at Asia Art Center, Taipei, Lame Syndrome（2008）at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, and Intellectual Numbness（2013）. Each solo exhibition of Liao represents the different stage of his artistic practice, truthfully reflecting the transformation in the characters and the narrative. In spite of the change in his artistic style, Liao has always been interested in human’s inner psychological state, the urban life style, and the interpersonal interaction as his main artistic concern.
The title of LIAO Yu-An’s paintings usually speak out his feeling directly. The physical gestures of the characters show their emotions as well as the psychological state. In Annoyingly Pretentious Love series, we see the suffering of modern people who bury their true selves and cater for others to survive in the society. They fight for their wishes so that their dreams may come true, but they are lost in the battle. As in the early Birdman series, the justifiable resistance reveals the struggle and the attachment in the works. Those covered by the black eyes make the character less justifiable.
From Birdman’s provocative, offensive, and disdainful gaze（as in Self-Portrait and Duckman series） to the sight of its back as it powerlessly curls up at the corner or the frustrating interpersonal relationship （the faked love and Fondle Without Tendernes）, Liao has described his observation on the modern society through the titles of his paintings and the gestures of his characters.
By creating a series of cartoon-like characters, Liao offers a narrative of symbols, telling stories of the syndrome of modern people in a civilized society. Liao not only captures the obsession and selfishness of social relationship but also describes the hysteria emotions. The emotional disorder is reflected on characters’ appearance and visualized in their bodies and eyes.
|Chinese title：||惱人的虛情假愛 No.4|
|English title：||Annoyingly Pretentious Love No.4|
|Medium / Classification：||Oil paints and Acrylic colors|
|Collection Unit：||Private collection|
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|Related Exhibition：||"The Pioneers" of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980|
|Related Work：||Annoyingly Pretentious Love No.3 Wacky Parade No.1 Disgusting Pearl Bubble Tea No.1 Self-Portrait 1|