Liu Jianhua was born in October 1962 in Ji’an, Jiangxi province. When he was fifteen, he went to work at the Jingdezhen Pottery and Porcelain Sculpturing Factory, Jingdezhen, where he stayed until 1985. He then went on to study sculpture at the Department of Fine Art at the Institute of Ceramics in Jingdezhen, graduating in 1989. He currently teaches as a co-professor at the Art Academy of Yunnan in Kunming, where he lives. He has had solo shows in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China and has participated in several group exhibitions worldwide. Liu Jianhua creates small-scale sculptures from fibreglass and porcelain. Trained as a ceramicist from the age of fifteen, he is well-known for several series of works of headless and armless female figures dressed in cheongsams and high heels and lying in erotic poses. His works comment on attitudes to women as well as the place of China on the contemporary art scene and political world stage.