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Xu Li

1970 Nei mongol, China

5 Works exhibited

Current location

New York, USA

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  • About the Artist
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The human body, space and narration have always  been the representative elements in Li Xu's paintings, used to convey the human social phenomena and contradictions associated with them-whether it is the situation of ordinary individuals or the carnival of groups.

The infiniteness of art and the limitations of artists lay before his eyes, leaving him in a greater confusion. Skilled techniques, rich experiences, and keen perception had become Li Xu’s new shackles in painting. He once said that the more he knew, the farther away he was from the truth. Every stroke that falls on the canvas is reasonable but not reasonable. The artist’s inner ambivalence also reflects the conflicting phenomenona in the development of the real society. But the difference is that the artist may be able to fight out from the ego. 
Looking back on this batch of works, some of them were created by Li Xu from his studio in Huan Tie Times Art City in Beijing. The art district was at risk of being torn down at any time, and the artists in it were nervous all the time because of concerns about demolition and not knowing where to go. Disquiet, loneliness, and angry feelings lingered in their minds, including Li Xu at that time. This sentiment and a series of reflections on current society are inescapably mixed into his paintings. 

The continuation of life is both an extension of thought and a continuation of a work. And this personal feeling and social unrest will continue in everyone’s life.

Li Xu was born in 1970 in Inner Mongolia, China. Now he lives and works in Beijing, China, and New York, USA. Li Xu graduated from Oil Painting Department of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1997; he graduated from the fourth studio of the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2004; he received doctor's degree in Oil Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Art in 2012. His doctoral research interests are Research on Chinese Oil Painting and Traditional Culture; doctoral thesis Free Viewing : The Space Concept of Portrait Art in Han Dynasty has been collected by National Library of China.

Li Xu's works have exhibited different art institutes at home and abroad, including National Art Museum of China, Today Art Museum, CAFA Art Museum, Zhejiang Art Museum, China Millennium Monument, Congress Palace Museum, Cairo and more. Currently, his works have been collected by Zhejiang Art Museum, China Millennium Monument, Yuan Art Museum, Grand Palais, Huan Tie Times Art Museum, Vest Agder Museum and other art institutions.

Works by Xu Li

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2012

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2015

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2015

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2012

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2012

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