Liao's Habitat 7 originated from his MFA thesis and first gained attention when it was featured in the September 11, 2005, issue of the New York Times Magazine. Based on the critical success of Habitat 7, Liao was awarded commissions from the Bronx Museum of the Arts to photograph the Grand Concourse of New York's northernmost borough for its 2009 centennial celebration. Another project, Depth of Fields, incorporates multiple perspectives made over several years into large-scale photographs that document the transformation of a parking lot adjacent to Shea Stadium in Queens into Citi Field.
Born in Taiwan, Jeff Liao attended high school in Canada before moving to New York in 1999 to study photography at Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn. After earning his bachelor of fine arts degree in 2003, he completed a master of fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 2005. Liao lives and works in Queens, New York.