Born in Heilongjiang Province, China. Graduated from Daqing No.7 Middle School in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province in 1980, Tian is a self-taught freelance photographer living in Beijing. Tian is also known as “Lao Liu”, which means the sixth child as he was born the sixth in his family.
Major solo exhibitions: 2005, “Drift”, Soho 456 Gallery, New York, USA; 2006, “Dance across the 38 Parallel”, Anni Art Gallery, Beijing, China, TS1 Gallery, Beijing; 2007, Beijing Guan Yin Tang Art Gallery, Beijing, China, Asia Art International Exhibition, South Korea; 2008, Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA; 2010, “Our New York”, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA.
Group shows: 2005, “As Changeable as the Moon; Blow Hot and Cold” Contemporary Exhibition, TS1 Gallery, Beijing; 2006, “Transient Expression”, Rockefeller University, New York, USA; “Asia Art Festival”, Busan, South Korea; 2008, “Changing Social Landscape: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 1950-2008”, South Korea; 2010, “Pingyao International Photography Festival”, Shanxi, China.
Exploring humanity, philosophy and social issues with his unique visual language, Tian Yibin is very active in Chinese contemporary photographic art.