Li Lihong

Shanghai, China

Chinese ceramic artist Li Lihong was born in 1974 in Jiangxi province and, more specifically, in Jingdezhen, a village which has been the producer of the royal china porcelain for hundreds of years. He learned the art of ceramics alongside the Grand Master Qin Xiling. Li Lihong is presently both a practicing artist and professor of Chinese porcelain work at Fudan University, living and teaching in Songjiang on the south-west outskirts of Shanghai.

Unlike the more traditional work of his master, Li Lihong gives a contemporary touch to his work. His design and manufacture of traditionally painted china, in shapes known to all as some of the most well known symbols of Western cultural influences in the world today, make a strong and obvious statement. However, the tedious and difficult process of production and the fine detailing on the painted glazes counter this blatancy. This contrast expresses a very Chinese attitude toward the traditional arts, the difficult and arduous study involved in this process, and modern China’s challenge in retaining its famed mastery of these arts against a persuasive tide of outside influences. The limited number of these works, due to the difficult process of production from which only one work will survive out of ten, creates art of rarity and value in a world filled with cheap mass production and easily consumed culture.


8 - China
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Currency War ($ - ¥, white)
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Currency War ($ - ¥, gold color)
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Currency War (€ - $, gold color)
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Currency War (¥ - €, gold color)
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Currency War (vase, gold color)
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Currency War (small)
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Currency War (small & white)
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Heart
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Dream – China (white)
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Dream – China (gold color)
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Olympic – Instant Noodle
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Dream – China
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Red Star-Mao
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Christmas Trees (installation view)
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Children Bearing Gift
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Christmas Maitreya
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Cai Shen is Here – Gold
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Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity – Silver
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Christmas Journey to the West (Master, Monkey King, Pig, Friar Sand)
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Qi Tian Da Sheng Dan – Silver (Monkey King)
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Qi Tian Da Sheng Dan – Gold (Monkey King)
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Christmas Journey to the West (Friar Sand)
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Christmas Journey to the West (Pig)
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Christmas Journey to the West (Master)
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Christmas Journey to the West (Monkey King)
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McDonald’s - China
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I Love Shanghai
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Nike – CHINA (small)
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Nike – CHINA (small)
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Mickey - CHINA (gold)
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Apple –CHINA (Gui Gu Xia Shan)
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Apple - CHINA
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McDonald's - CHINA (three friends in winter)
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Coca-Cola – CHINA
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Apple - China (blue)
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Nike – CHINA (small)
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Nike - CHINA (L)
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VIGOR Olympic -CHINA
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Mickey – CHINA (blue and white)
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Mickey – CHINA (silver color)
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Apple - CHINA (海水)
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Apple - CHINA (sea wave)
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McDonald's - CHINA (three friends in winter)
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BORN

1974 in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China

EDUCATION

2005
MFA, Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Jingdezhen, China

1996
BFA, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Hand & Machine, duo exhibition with Marc Leuthold, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China
Art & Peace – The Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Works of Art, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Linxiang International Wood Firing Ceramic Camp, Lincang, Yunnan, China
Opening exhibition of Cloud Interior Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China
The 5th annual Shanghai Young Art Fair, Shanghai Expo, Shanghai, China
The 2nd Contemporary Ceramic Art Biennale (Nominated), Zhuzhong Art Museum, Beijing, China
Selected ceramic artworks exhibition of teachers from universities in Shanghai, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Selections from our Contemporary Collection, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, USA

2018
Solo exhibition "Consumption Era", 3D printing Center, Jindezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
The 5th annual Shanghai Young Art Fair, Shanghai Expo, Shanghai, China

2017
Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts Art Museum opening exhibition, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts art gallery, Shanghai, China
The Second Shanghai Youth Contemporary Urban Art Exhibition, Putuo District Cultural Center Creative Space, Shanghai, China
Art & Peace – An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art, Mall Gallery, London, UK
"Perception of China, Art and Peace: Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art Works", Helsinki SubCenter, Finland
Shanghai New Space Grand Opening Exhibition, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China
Shanghai New Space Soft Opening Exhibition, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China
10 Years of Love, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China

2016
Earth, Fire and Life:- Six Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Maxwell, USA
Urban origin: Shanghai youth contemporary urban art exhibition, Putuo District Cultural Center Creative Space, Shanghai, China
70 On the Sea -- Young Artists' Invitation Exhibition, China Art Museum, Shanghai China
The 5th Anhui Ceramic Art Biennial, Anhui Artists Association, China
The Exhibitions We Have Done These Years, MoCA Sheshan, Shanghai
Heritage-Crossover, Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing
Artists Living in Shanghai - Wuu Speech, China Art Museum, Shanghai
Us and Them, ONEHOME Art Hotel, Shanghai
Academy within Academy, Shanghai Oil Painting Sculpture Institute Art Museum, Shanghai

2015
VIGOR - CHINA, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai (Solo)
Gallery Selection, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, USA
Art Wynwood, Miami, USA

2014
Summer Contemporary, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, USA
Global Village - Touring group exhibition, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark
Art Wynwood, Miami, USA
Art Southampton, USA
Disney 90th Anniversary "When Disney meets Contemporary Art", HOW Museum in Wenzhou and Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, China

2013
Shaping Americam, BYU's Museum of Art, USA
I LOVE SHANGHAI, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
Expressions of My City, Lane Crawford, Shanghai
Contemporary Chinese Porcelain Exhibition, 1895 Art and Creative Park, Nantong
Nirvana - Contemporary Chinese Porcelain Exhibition, Shangdong Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing
3 Artists Porcelain Exhibition, Jindezhen, China
The New Blue and White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

2011
The Armory Show, USA
SOFA New York, USA
Chinese Fine Art Exhibition, Changchun, China

2009
Breaking the mold, The Dennos Museum, USA
Art Paris, Paris, France

2008
Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA
Solo exhibition in Loft Gallery, Paris, France
367 Art Group: Performance Art – "367 Day Calendar", Zendai Museum of Modern Art
SOFA Chicago, USA

2007
Merry Christmas - China, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai (Solo)
"CHINA NOW" Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
SOFA Chicago, USA
Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York, USA

2006
Shanghai Biennale "Hyper Design", Shanghai Art Museum
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai

2005
The 2nd Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing
"The New Ceramic Speech" exhibition of young Chinese ceramics artists, Guandgong Museum of Art, Guangdong
Annual International Biennial World Ceramics in Icheon, Korea
Dragon Shape The World, Shanghai
Collective Exhibition of Young Artists of Fine Arts, Shanghai

2004
"The deviation" art exhibit of contemporary ceramics, Jingdezhen
Meetings Art Pottery Chinese and Korean, Shanghai
First session of International Ceramic Skills (periodical) Chief Editor's discussion forum, New Ceramic Artist nominees exhibition, Shanxi

IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Shanghai Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Shanghai
Beijing Biennale, Permanent Collection, Beijing
Art & Literature Collection
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, USA
Bank of Singapore, Singapore
Brigham Young University Museum of Art, UT, USA
Durham University Museums, UK
Private collections worldwide