Li Hongbo 

Born 1974 in Jilin, China. Lives and works in Beijing and Jilin, China. 


 

EDUCATION 


2010     

M.F.A., Experimental Art Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing


2001         

M.F.A., Folk Art Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing 

 

1996         
B.A., Fine Arts Department, Jilin Normal University, Jilin, China


 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2021       

Li Hongbo: Empathizing, Eli Klein Gallery, New York

 

2020                 

Li Hongbo: The Child with Scarf, Asia Society Hong Kong Center × Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, Hong Kong

 

2019         

Li Hongbo: Bloom, Islamic Art Festival, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A Tribute to the Classics - Li Hongbo Solo Exhibition, Flora Bigai Arte Contemporanea, Pietrasanta, Italy 

 

2018        

Li Hongbo: Rainbow, China Paper Art Research Institute, Jilin Normal University, Jilin, China 

Li Hongbo: Standing in the Rainbow Skydiving, Metropolis Art Center, Beijing

Li Hongbo: I & Thou, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong

Made in China - Li Hongbo Solo Project, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, China

 

2017         

Li Hongbo: The Plastic Models that We Have Painted, Beijing Normal University Jingshi Art Museum, Beijing

Ocean of Flowers: Li Hongbo’s Solo Exhibition, 81 Art Museum, Beijing

Li Hongbo: Quand La Sculpture Devient Créature, Musée du Papier, Angoulême, France 

 

2016         

Li Hongbo: Textbooks, Klein Sun Gallery, New York 

 

2015         

Li Hongbo: Irons for Ages, Flowers for Days, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

 

2014         

Li Hongbo: Tools of Study, Klein Sun Gallery, New York

Li Hongbo: Shadow of Knives, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong

 

2013         

Li Hongbo: Out of Paper, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany 

 

2012         

Li Hongbo: Pure White Paper, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Li Hongbo: Self, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong 

Li Hongbo: A Tree, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing

 

2011         

The World - Li Hongbo New Works Exhibition, Found Museum, Beijing 


 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2022

14th Dakar Biennale of African Contemporary Art, China Pavilion, Dakar, Senegal

Overdose, Design Museum Holon, Holon, Israel

Utopia, Lille3000, Lille, Hauts-de-France, France

 

2021        

The 3rd Northern Alps Art Festival, Ōmachi, Japan

Skills and Artistry of Chinese Handcrafted Papermaking, China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing 

Relations, Jindu Art Center, Beijing 

 

2020         

A Tribute to Tradition: A Tour Exhibition of Contemporary Paper Art Works, Today Art  Museum, Beijing [itinerary: Lu Xun Fine Arts Institute Art Museum, Shenyang, China; Shandong Art Museum, Jinan, China; Xi 'an Fine Arts Institute Art  Museum, Xi’an, China; Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China]

Clouds Gathering and Unfolding: An Exhibition of Modern Chinese Art on Paper, Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Ichihara, Japan Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2020, Seongsan Art Museum, Changwon, South Korea

18th BIEAF Asian International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Busan City Hall Exhibition Hall, Busan, South Korea

The 2nd Northern Alps Art Festival, Ōmachi, Japan

Guns to Roses: From the Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, Australia

Origami Universe 2, Chimei Museum, Taipei

The First Ji’nan International Biennale, Shandong Art Museum, Ji’nan, China

City of Art: the Past and Present of Kincheng Bank, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Contemporary Art on Original Chinese Myths and Legends, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

Intellective City: Shenzhen Bay Public Art Season, Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Shenzhen Rencai Park, Shenzhen, China

The 3rd Sculpture Projects Pingyao, Pingyao, China

Legendary Napoleon, YellowBox Art Museum, Qingdao, China

Muse via Amusing: Art for Public, Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, Beijing

 

2019        

Emerging Dimensions: Works by Li Hongbo and Cai Dongdong, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania

Transformative Creation: 5 Artists from China, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil

A Stitch in Time, Today Art Museum, Beijing

The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2018, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing

Havana Biennial: From Chinoiserie to Contemporary Art, Havana, Cuba

Havana Biennial: Facing the Future - Chinese Unit, Hanwei International Art Center, Beijing

Memento Mons - Cabinets of Curiosities, Musée des Beaux-Arts (BAM) Mons, Mons, Belgium

Intangible: Will and Form - Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition in Hungary, Ybl 

Creative House Buda, Budapest

Dreaming of Crafts of the Future: Mongyudowon Unfolds, 11th Cheongju Craft Biennale, 

Culturel Factory C, Cheongju-si, South Korea 

The Splendid Language of Paper - Contemporary Art on Chinese Paper Making Culture, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China [itinerary: Naples National 

Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy]

Beijing: Jeollabukdo Express, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, South Korea

Open Borders - The 14th Curitiba International Biennial of Contemporary Art, MAC Parana, Parana, Brazil

The Gaze of History - Contemporary Chinese Art Revisited, The Jupitar Museum of Art, Shenzhen, China 

New Start: The 3rd Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art - Concept, Form and Daily Life, The Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Shenzhen, China

Vestige: Jia Shanguo and Li Hongbo’s Exhibition of Experiment Art on Handmade Paper, Bei Yi Tang Art Gallery, Beijing

 

2018         

A Gift to 60th Year - The First Paper Art Exhibition of Chinese Paper Art Research Institute of Jilin Normal University, Jilin Normal University, Jilin, China

2018 Korea-China Exchange Exhibition: Common Denominator - Sympathia, Korean 

Culture Center in China, Beijing

The Nature of Matter: Research on Artificial Natural Phenomena, Artinbern Art Museum, Beijing

Ulaanbaatar International Art Festival, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

Emergence, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto

OFF-SPRING: New Generations, 21c Museum Hotels, Lexington, Kentucky 

Pingyao International Sculpture Festival, Pingyao, China 

On Paper - Supreme, Tiantai Art Centre, Qingdao, China 

Alter Ego, Macau Museum, Macau

Forty Years of Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition, Shenzhen, China 

Chinese Contemporary Digital Art Exhibition, Hebei Museum, Shijiazhuang, China 

The Sixth National Youth Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Walk East: the 2nd Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Mofeimo Gallery, Qingdao, China

Paper Presence 3, Common Art Center, Beijing

 

2017         

Following Growth: The CAFA Art Museum Graduate Collection and Recent Works, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

Reciprocal Enlightenment, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

The 5th Chongqing Biennale for Young Artists: Social Theatre - Participation and Sharing, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Art Museum, Chongqing, China

The Chinese Army: Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Material Artists, Manage     Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg 

Echo of Civilization: Salute Ingenuity, Ceramic Art Avenue, Jingdezhen, China 

Paper into the Fold, Wan Ying Art Museum, Shijiazhuang, China 

The First National Exhibition of Sculpture, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

The 7th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Very Sustainable - Environmental Revelation, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China 

Sea of Sand and Oasis of Green, Ordos Museum, Inner Mongolia, China 

National Arts Exhibition and the 13th Whole Army Arts Exhibition for Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of People’s Liberation Army, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Deep Cuts, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

On Paper - Supreme, Shanghai Han Tianheng Art Museum, Shanghai

Sovereign Asian Art Prize: Finalists exhibition, Christie’s, Hong Kong 

Lights of Chinese Civilization, Manesh Exhibition Center, St. Petersburg, Russia

OFF-SPRING: New Generations, 21c Museum, Durham, North Carolina

The 1st Experimental Art Exhibition of Jinhua, Jinhua Museum, Jinhua, China 

Sī lù xīn xiàng, Palace Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Echo of Civilization Part II: Chinese Craftsmen, Taimiao Art Museum, Beijing

Couple Hardness and Softness - Five Character of Paper, Fang Suo Bookstore, Guangzhou, China

 

2016         

Trans-Design 2016 Shanghai Art & Design, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai

On Paper - Supreme 2016, National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai

Dunhuang - Song of Living Beings, Himalayas Museum, Shanghai

Materials, Cheng Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

New Creatures, OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China

From the Peony Pavilion - The Contemporary Art Exhibition, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

Echo of Civilization: Crossing Dun Huang, Taimiao Art Museum, Beijing

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China, Young at Art Museum, Davie, Florida

Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Palazzo Zen, Church Santa Caterina, Venice

All Rivers Run to the Sea, One Thousand Cliffs Stand Tall: The Songzhuang Artistic Spirit as a Community of Values, Eastern Region International Modern Art Center, Beijing

TAKE ME OUT, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai

Paper Is, Common Art Center, Beijing

MODELS - The Visual Experience and Cultural Identity of Chinese Modernity, Elion Art Gallery, Beijing

Truth, Magda Danysz Galleries, Shanghai

Art Zhengzhou - Global China, Greenland Plaza, Zhengzhou, China

 

2015        

Forever Young, Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Taichung, Taiwan

River Festival, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore 

Metaplasia - La China Ardente: Monumental Contemporary Sculptures, Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium 

FLOW_1: Italian and Chinese Contemporary Art in Dialogue, Palladian Basilica, Vicenza, Italy 

Artisan & Craftsmanship 4: Exhibition on Installation Art, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing

Home - Nid, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

TA Era, Times Art Museum, Beijing

CODA Paper Art, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands 

Wiedergeburt der Unsterblichkeit - Zeitgenössische Kunst aus China, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels, Austria

Silent Conversation, Feizi Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

2014         

Experimental Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

Chinese Contemporary Youth Sculpture Exhibition, Chinese Sculpture Institute Arts Department in Luodai, Chengdu, China 

The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2014, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing

Paper - Existence, Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, China 

Chinese Pose - The Third China Sculpture Exhibition, Shandong Art Museum, Shandong, China 

The 12th National Exhibition of Experimental Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Pulp Culture - Paper is the Medium, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey 

Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn

Stacked & Folded Paper as Sculpture, The Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan

Re-Modernization: The 3rd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China 

Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Story Tree, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore 

Fusion · Convergence, T Museum, Hangzhou, China 

Confronting Anitya - Oriental Experience in Contemporary Art, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing

Geek Picnic 2014, St. Petersburg

Nanjing International Art Exhibition, Nanjing International Expo Center, Nanjing, China

Xinjiang Biennale, Encountering - New Art on the Silk Road, Xinjiang International Convention and Exhibition Center, Ürümqi  China

The Opening Art Exhibition of National Cultural Trade Base and Cultural Bonded Park of Beijing Tianzhu Comprehensive Free Trade Zone, Beijing Tianzhu Free Trade Zone, Beijing 

Jiang Qi 3, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

Utopian Rhapsody, COFCO Nanjing Hongyun, Nanjing, China

Dis-semblance, 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, Kentucky

 

2013         

Shenzhen Chinese Ink Painting Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Datong 2nd International Sculpture Biennial, He Yang Museum, Datong, China

Confronting Anitya - 55th Venice Biennale 2013, European Culture Centre, Palazzo Michiel, Venice

PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

CODA Paper Art 2013, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Hot Pot, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont 

Transformation - A Perspective of Contemporary Art, 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China 

Freeze Frame Moments - 2013 Young Artist Invitational Exhibition, Nan Art Museum, Guangzhou, China 

Insightful Charisma, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai

Tan Wei Guan Zhi, Wu Niu Visual Packing Institute Visual Arts Museum, Chengdu, China

Evolution - Imagery, Jingren’s Paperlogue & Artron Art Center, Beijing

Art Sanya, The Forbidden City at Yalong Bay, Sanya, China

 

2012         

Ctrl + N: Non-Linear Practice, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea

Research Exhibition on Post-70’s Generation Artists Jianghan Star Plan, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China 

All Our Relations, The 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney

The Start of a Long Journey - The Collection of Excellent Graduation Works from The Central Academy of Fine Arts (2009-2011), Golden Square, London

Xinjiang 1st Contemporary Art Biennale, Ürümqi, China

Material → Object, Eli Klein Gallery, New York

Jiang Qi, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing

 

2011         

Chinese Pose: The 2nd China Sculpture Exhibition, Wenzhou International Exhibition Center, Wenzhou, China

Start from the Horizon: Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing

The Singularity, Huantie Times Art Museum, Beijing

Harmonious Differences - Second Experimental Art Exhibition, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

 

2010         

Journey of a Thousand Miles, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

The Big Bang, White Rabbit Collection, Sydney

Object · Energy, Found Museum, Beijing

Tien Kung Kai Wu, Deshan Art Space, Beijing

I’m on the Road to…, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing 

 

2007         

The Desire for Material Welfare & No Wants, Jin Du Art Center, Beijing

Shared Time and Space, K Space, Beijing


 

PUBLICATIONS / MONOGRAPHS / SOLO EXHIBITION CATALOGUES

 

2019        

Complete Works of Chinese Taoist Prints. Edited by Wen Lianxi, Li Hongbo. China Bookstore Publishing House, Beijing

 

2014        

Complete Works of Chinese Buddhist Prints. Edited by Wen Lianxi, Li Hongbo. China Bookstore Publishing House, Beijing

Shadow of Knives. Text by Li Hongbo. Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong

 

2013        

A Piece of Paper. Text by Li Hongbo. China Bookstore Publishing House, Beijing

 

2012        

A Tree. Text by Li Hongbo. Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing


 

SELECTED AWARDS

 

2018         

Nomination Prize, Fourth Chinese Government Publication Award 

 

2017         

Grand Prize, Sovereign Asian Art Foundation 

 

2016         

Bronze Prize, Shanghai Design Week 

Silver Prize, Paper - Supreme 

 

2014         

Chinese Pose: The Third China Sculpture Exhibition Chinese Sculpture Youth Award 

 

2011        

Chinese Pose: The Second China Sculpture Exhibition Chinese Sculpture Youth Award 


 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

White Rabbit Collection, Sydney

Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore

Musée du Papier, Angoulême, France 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Australia 

Artemizia Foundation, Bisbee, Arizona

Dr. Stanley Ho Foundation, Macao

Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

National Art Museum of China, Beijing

Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Shandong Art Museum, Jinan, China

53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Found Museum, Beijing 

United Bank of Switzerland, Switzerland

21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, Kentucky


 

LECTURES 

 

2017        

Jilin Normal University, Siping, China 

Beijing Normal University, Beijing

Wangying Art Museum Lecture, Shijiazhuang, China 

 

2015           

Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Taichung, Taiwan 

National Museum of China, Beijing 

 

2014            

TED x MoonLake, Ningbo, China 

TED x University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin 

 

2013           

ART FORUM BERLIN, Ludwigsburg, Germany