ACTU to hold virtual art talk with Chinese ink and brush painter Nan Liu

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Arts for the Community at Thomas University will hold the first of its new series, Art Talks at Six, on Thursday, Sept. 24. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at and feature artist Nan Liu. No Facebook account is required.

Liu brings his Chinese Heritage and his Western training together in his art. Working in the style of the old masters, Dr. Liu prepares his canvases with handmade gesso, using layers of glaze between the application of oil paint, immortalizing his numerous students at Florida A&M University and creating still life compositions reminiscent of the Dutch masters. A student of Chinese calligraphy all his life, he uses the intricate art form paired with landscapes created in the traditional Chinese style using ink and bamboo brush. 

Liu holds a Master of Fine Art degree in painting and a Ph.D. in art education, both from Florida State University. His artwork has been exhibited across the United States and collected by private patrons. He has won several regional and national juried exhibitions and shows.

Liu is currently professor of drawing, painting and art education classes at the Department of Visual Arts at FAMU. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Haiqiong Deng, their son Ethan and daughter Isabel.

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Nan Liu, self portrait

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