Li Chen

1963-


Li Chen’s spiritual sculptures evoke the subtle skill of the textile weaver in supple, almost mylar balloon like textures, eliciting the soft within. He relies on the unique techniques of traditional Chinese ink lacquering together with gold and silver leaf, revealing a light and utterly relaxed sense, animating a miraculous contrast through its “heavy yet light” presence. Chen Li’s signature aesthetic void, exudes an exuberantly humane spirit and intimacy. In our unsteady era of uncertainty, Li Chen’s works achieve a harmonious sense of presence from impresence, with the Buddhist sense of a necessary absence and the Taoist commitment to instilling one’s vital Qi, replete with the visual semiotic richness of the contemporary arts, to successfully bridge the otherwise alienating cultural distance of the orient and occident, while pulling on the heartstrings with his playful sculpted lullabies. 


In 1999, Li Chen had his artwork debut in Taipei. Since 2000, his world tour exhibition started from New York to Chicago, Jerusalem, Copenhagen, Miami, Paris, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Geneva, Singapore, Seoul, etc. In 2007, he became the first Chinese artist to give a solo exhibition in Venice Biennale. In 2008, his work was recognized at a major solo exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. In 2009, Singapore Art Museum invited him to have his first solo outdoor sculpture exhibition. In 2011 when ultramarathon runner Kevin Yi-jie Lin reached the destination Xi'an in the expedition of “Running the Silk Road”, he lighted up the candle in the hand of Li Chen’s artwork “The Pursuer”. Li Chen, who has not held any exhibitions in Ta
wan for ten years, continues exploring the possibility of making sculpture with the new spirit of the East. In 2011, he gave his exhibition Greatness of Spirit: Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan at the Road of Democracy and the Main Plaza at CKS Memorial Hall, kicking off the largest-scale sculpture exhibition ever in Asia to present Li Chen’s fruitful 12-year creation from Taiwan’s landmark to show the radiant bloom of the perfect combination of the spirit of the orient and contemporary vision. In 2012, Li Chen launches his first museum exhibition in USA titled LI CHEN: Eternity and Commoner at Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

 






Solo Exhibitions


2013__ Li Chen 2013 Place Vendôme Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Paris

2012__Li Chen: Eternity and Commoner, Frye Art Museum, Seatle

2011__Greatness of Spirit: Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Ultramarathon Runner Kevin Yi-jie Lin “Running the               _____Silk Road”, Lighting Li Chen’s Pursuer, Xi'an

2011__The Constitution of Immortality, Art Stage, Singapore

2010__The Beacon– When Night Light Glimmers, ShContemporary, Shanghai

2009__Li Chen: Mind‧Body‧Spirit, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2008__Soul Guardians- Li Chen Solo Show, Asia Art Center, Beijing

2008__In Search of Spiritual Space, National Museum of China, Beijing

2007__Energy of Emptiness, 52nd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

2005__Li Chen Sculpture, Art Taipei, Taipei

2003__Spiritual Journey through the Great Ether, Michael Goedhuis Gallery, New York

2001__Delights of Ordinary People, River Art Gallery, Taichung

2000__The Transformation of Emptiness– Boundary within Boundary, Art Taipei, Taipei

1999__Energy of Emptiness, Art Taipei, Taipei

 


 

Internation Group Exhibitions

 

2013__"Culture‧Mind‧Becoming", Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition (la Biennale di Venezia)

2011
__Splendid Ethics, Interalia Art Company, Seoul

2010__Spirit of the East II - Bridging, Asia Art Center, Beijing

2010__Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea

2010__Art Taipei, Taipei

2010__Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

2009__The 4th International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo, Beijing

2009__Art HK, Hong Kong

2009__Art Taipei, Taipei

2009__Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

2008__Spirit of the East I- Accumulations, Asia Art Center, Beijing

2008__The Origin: The first Annual Moon River Sculpture Festival, Moon River Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing

2007__The Power of the Universe – Exhibition of Frontier, Contemporary Chinese Art, Asia Art Center, Beijing

2007__Exploration and Revolution of images in reality by the 14 contemporary Chinese Artists, Doosan Art Center, Seoul

2007__TOP 10 Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Asia Art Center, Beijing

2007__China Onward: Chinese Contemporary Art 1966-2006, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

2007__China Onward: Chinese Contemporary Art, 1966-2006, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2007__OPENASIA, 10th International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice

2006__Art Taipei, Taipei

2006__Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

2005__China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing

2005__Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai

2005__Shanghai International Biennial Urban Sculpture Exhibition, Shanghai

2005__Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

2004__China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing

2004__Fiction Love– Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei

2004__OPENASIA, 7th International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice

2004__Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai

2003__International Contemporary Art Fair, New York

2003__Art Chicago, Chicago

2002__Art Palm Beach, Florida

2002__International Fine Art Fair, Houston

2002__Art Chicago, Chicago

2001__Asian Art Fair, Paris

2001__Salon de Mars Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland

2001__China without Borders, headquarters of Sotheby’s, New York

2001__The International Asian Art Fair, New York

2001__Art Chicago, Chicago

 
 
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