Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

  • <em>Luna Park,</em> pigment print, 2010, Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York Luna Park, pigment print, 2010, Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
  • <em>Lynn’s Trapeze,</em> pigment print, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York Lynn’s Trapeze, pigment print, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
  • <em>Flatiron Building,</em> Manhattan, pigment print, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York Flatiron Building, Manhattan, pigment print, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
     


Artist Biography

Jeff Liao grew up in Taiwan and moved to Canada to attend high school. He relocated to his current home of New York City to complete his undergraduate degree at Pratt and receive his MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Liao is well known for his large-scale panoramic photos that capture magnificent details of the urban and social environment of New York City.

Liao’s first major and best known project is his Habitat 7 series, which won the first ever New York Times Magazine “Capture the Times” photography contest in 2005. In this project, Liao used a large-format camera to create large-scale, color panoramic images of the ethnic communities that have grown around the IRT 7 train in Queens, New York. The Queens Museum of Art hosted an exhibition of Habitat 7 for six months during the spring and summer of 2006. Examples from Habitat 7 are included in the collection of the George Eastman House, the Harvard Business School and the Getty Museum. Nazraeli Press published a large scale monograph in 2006, and they plan to publish a second monograph on Liao’s Depth of Fields stadium project this year which documents the evolution of an ordinary parking lot in Queens into Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.

In 2009, The Bronx Museum of the Arts commissioned Liao for a major project entitled Intersections: Grand Concourse, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Grand Concourse. Most recently, Liao exhibited alongside Catherine Opie and Soo Kim at the Getty Museum in the group exhibition, “Urban Panoramas,” displaying selected works from his Habitat 7 series.