My name is Xiaojie Liu, and I am a freelance illustrator based in Minneapolis, USA. I was born and raised in Enshi, China. When I was four, I was given my first set of watercolor brush and sketchbook, and since then, I started drawing and never stopped. I received my BA in illustration from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 2015, and my MFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2018. I focus on children’s illustration, editorial illustration and surface design, etc. for a wide range of projects including children’s books, publications, magazines, branding, packaging and many more. I combine mixed media and materials to create illustrations, which include digital and hand drawing, paper cutting, clay, and fabrics. My illustrations have been featured and awarded worldwide.


1. The Grandma in the Apple Tree, selected in China Campus Literature Magazine

2. Last Stop on Market Street, selected in China Campus Literature Magazine

3. Stars in the Woods, selected in China Campus Literature Magazine

4. Xiaojie Liu, Illustrator in Hubei - CECA Creative Works Awards

4. Xiaojie Liu’s Exclusive Interview, selected in The Forum of Leadership Science

5. Coco, selected in Red Scarf Magazine

6. Dalin & Xiaolin, selected in 2019 Asia Illustrations Annual Awards

7. Artist 2018 - The Beauty of Life Needs to be Found

8. I Remember, I Remember, selected in Aesthetica Magazine, 2018

9. One Day, selected in Campfire Sunday Comics, 2018

10. Chinese Hospital, selected in “Hiii Illustration” International Illustrations Portfolio, 2018

11. Tujia II, selected in lllzine Issue 22, October, 2017

12. Teachers’ Moment, selected in China Education Press

13. Xiaojie’s Illustration, Gululu Art Gallery

14. Small World of Xiaojie, Artp2p


1. Come Together Show (The Association of Illustrators), Printspace Gallery, London | 2018

2. St.Louis Park Community Art Exhibition, Jean Stephen Galleries | 2018

3. Artcrank's 2018 MSP show, IDS center | 2018

4. MCAD Alumni Show, Squirrel Haus Arts | 2018

5. Springboard Window Art, 262 University West | 2018

6. Made at MCAD, MCAD Gallery | 2018

7. Illoshow at Solid State vinyl records, Solid State Records | 2018

8. Future Forward: personal stories forming the future of art, Art Attack, The Northrup King Building | 2017

9. Overcoming Adversity: A Celebration, Bl Worldwide Gallery | 2017

10. De/Coding, MCAD MFA gallery | 2017

11. Sight and Sound, Solid State Records | 2017

12. It’s a Small World (After All), MCAD Gallery | 2017

13. Apoptosis, MCAD MFA gallery | 2016


AI-AP Latin American illustration 7 collection

CECA Greater China Region Creative Works Awards& Collection Exhibition

2019 Asia Illustrations Annual Awards

“Hiii Illustration” International Illustrations Competition, 2017



Children's Theatre Company, Hao Hao Tea, Phoenix Publishing and Media Inc, China Education Press, China Campus Literature Magazine, Red Scarf Magazine, The Forum of Leadership Science



MFA Student Profile: Xiaojie Liu, (Click Here)     

Artist Talk: Xiaojie Liu (CECA Creative Works Awards)    


Society of Illustrators

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Association of Illustrators