(b. 1971, Kunming, China)
Chen Li is a master painter and woodblock printmaker, whose work is in The British Museum. With boundless originality, depth of scope, and constant innovation Chen Li creates a unique visual language that melds East and West. He is inspired by the spectacular landscapes and predominantly Buddhist and introspective philosophy of his native Yunnan, a frontier province in southwest China. Chen Li’s philosophy is the pursuit of inner happiness. His joyful artworks are at times dynamic, at times peaceful, but always harmonious.
Chen Li's works won many prizes at the mandatory national art exhibitions in China but he felt he was not ready to exhibit internationally until he was 46. After our first solo exhibition by Chen Li in London in 2017, his work has been acquired by The British Museum, shortlisted by the Royal Academy of Art, and placed in significant private collections in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, and the United States.
ARTWORKS AND BIOGRAPHY
CHEN LI AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM: Chen Li’s “Human Buddha” was acquired by The British Museum in 2018, following several successful solo exhibitions of his woodblock prints and paintings in London, and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. This work is on display at the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery (Room 33, Asian Gallery), as an exceptional representation of modern Chinese art.