Diana Lui

Diana Lui (born in 1968 in Malaysia) is a Franco-Belgian artist, photographer and filmmaker of Chinese origin. Diana Lui is best known for her large format photographic portraits of today’s growing hybrid generation of multicultural and multiethnic individuals.

Diana Lui was born in Malaysia and has been based in Paris for more than 10 years. She graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1992. A master with the 8×10 inch view camera, Diana Lui develops long term photographic and artistic projects over several years. Intimate Portraits, what Lui calls “intimate/psychological/anthropological portraits on today’s hybrid generation of new nomads who have lost their roots and origins due to the onslaught of globalism” was initiated 20 years ago and continues to develop to this day. Lui’s silent portraits show the existential urgency of each individual’s existence through the space or objects surrounding him/her, the intrinsic gestures and physical positioning of the individual within his/her environment. With this constantly evolving series, she has won several awards including France’s 20th Bourse du Talent (Young Talent Award for Photography) and the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique (Kodak Critics’ Award), Belgium’s Prix National de la Photographie Ouverte du Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi and was in 2008 a finalist for the Prix de la Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie.


Portraits Intimes, Galerie Carole Decombe, Paris
Medusas, Jakčev dom, Novo Mesto, Slovenia

The Feminine Beyond, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fotofever Brussels, Tour et Taxi, Galerie 127, Marrakech
Dali International Photography Exhibition, Yunnan Province, China
Milan Image Art Fair, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana

The Essential Veil – II, French Institute, Fez, Morocco
Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana
Fotofever, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, Galerie 127, Marrakech
Marrakech Art Fair, Palace Es Saadi, Morocco, Galerie 127, Marrakech

Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Galerija Fotografija
Marrakech Art Fair, Palace Es Saadi, Morocco, Galerie 127
The Essential Veil, Galerie 127, Marrakech
Pur-Sang, Château Maisons-Laffitte
Infinite River – Sentier du Rhône, Rochemaure, France

Cut 09, Valentine Willie Fine Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaisie et Singapour
PhotoBeijing 2009, Agricultural Exhibition Center of China, Peking, China
Paris Pékin, Galerie Lipao Huang, Paris (with Marc Riboud & Klavdij Sluban)
Salon Art Show & Festival AVIFF, Cannes, France
Photographe sous influences, Galerie Sponte, Paris, France

Another Voice, We…, Shanghai Art Museum, China
Femmes, Arbres et Hommes, Galerie Sinitude, Paris, France
Huachen Auctions, Beijing, China
ArtBeijing Fair, Chine

Cities of the Immortals, Guangdong Museum of Art, China
Merimetsan Alchemy, HOP gallery, Estonia
Le Conservatoire du Cap Corse,
ArtCurial, Paris
Sex Market, Tallinn Art Hall(Kunstihoone), Tallinn, Estonia
Festival DesignMai, Berlin

Trees, Individuals & Sexuality, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Trees, Individuals, & Sexuality, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China
Chance, Agnès B., London
Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
Blurred Certainty, Jerwood Space, London
15ème Prix National de Photographie, Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, Belgium

Retratos Intimos(Intimate Portraits), Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Sensaciones, Fototeca de Monterrey, Mexico
Millenium Museum for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Portraits Intimes, Galerie Cathay, Paris
3rd Ping Yao International Photography Festival in China

Eros & Thanatos, UCLA Kerchoff Gallery, Los Angeles, ZDA


When East meets East,  Marsio FIne Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Fotofever, Tour & Taxis, Galerie 127, Bruxelles

Les Méduses (D.Lui) in Chez Robert Frank (D.Lui & K.Sluban), Galerija Fotografija, Paris Photo, Grand Palais
Fotofever, Galerie 127, Espace Pierre Cardin
Marrakech Art Fair, Galerie 127, Palace Es Saadi
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, St Niklaas, Belgium
Heart Outside Body (Huang Rui, Ai Ke, Diana Lui…)

Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre, Galerija Fotografija
Marrakech Art Fair, Galerie 127, Palace Es Saadi

Cut 09, Valentine Willie Fine Art gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cut 09, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
Photo Beijing/ArtBeijing Fair, China
Paris-Pékin, fotografi; Marc Riboud, Klavdij Sluban & Diana Lui, Galerie Lipao Huang, Paris 
Art Show/AVIFF Film Festival, Cannes, France

Another Voice-We, Shanghai Art Museum, China
Huachen Auctions, Peking, China
Galerie Sponte, Paris, France
ArtBeijing Fair, China
Dashanbao Art Festival, Yunnan, China

DesignMai Festival, Berlin
ArtCurial Auctions, Paris, France
Sex Market, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

Chance, Agnès B., London, UK
Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China
Blurred Certainty Jerwood Space, London, UK
Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium

Beijing’s Millenium Museum for Contemporary Art

La Bourse du Talent, Espace Picto Montparnasse, Paris, France
The 3rd Ping Yao International Festival of Photography, China

1993 – 1996
Photography as Art, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Eroticism in Landscapes, 4th Sutra Dance Festival, Malaysia
American Cultural Center, Belgium


Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
Guangdong Museum of Art, China
Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, Belgium
Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Fototeca de Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Conservatory for Traditional Costumes, Canari, Corsica
UCLA, University California Los Angeles, USA


Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie, Paris, France – finalist

15ème Prix National Photographie Ouverte – Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium – winner

Prix FNAC Européen de la Photographie 2005, Belgium – finalist

Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique 2003, Paris, France – finalist
La 20ème Bourse du talent, Paris, France – winner for portraits category

Search for Art, Bologna, Italie – finalist


Chez Robert Frank,(in French) photos and text by Diana Lui & Klavdij Sluban, collectors’ portfolio of 15 original prints, Editions Chez Higgins, Collection Témoignages
Méduses,(in French) text by Anne Biroleau-Lemagny

Pur-Sang, Diana Lui & Klavdij Sluban, text by Thierry Dumanoir (curator), Editions Filigranes, Hors Collection

Another Voice, We…,
text in English and Chinese by Xiao Xiao Lan (curator), Shanghai Art Museum,

Cities of the Immortals, text by Richard Vine (Art in America magazine) & Jean Loh (guest curator), Guangdong Museum of Art, China, Beaugeste Editions, Shanghai

Trees, Individuals & Sexuality, Aura Gallery, Shanghai

Retratos Intimos, text in English and Spanish by Tomás Rodríguez Soto (curator) & Adam Beinash (Art & Auction magazine), Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Venezuela