Li Chenwas born in 1963, and currently works in Taichung and Shanghai. Li Chen has gained international attention for his sculptures represented both oriental tradition and western aesthetics.
Li Chen accomplished a style which has fully liberated himself from the confines of tradition by incorporating feelings of self-mindfulness and interpretations of Chinese classics from the Buddhist and Taoist traditions. Though blending with contemporary thought, Li Chen evinced a remarkably refreshing and natural effect of appearing both heavy and light. The underlying aesthetic principles in Li’s sculpture are based not only on a “dual composition” of Eastern traditions and Western sculptural language but also on an ongoing dialogue with the spiritual and material cultures of Africa and Oceania. Furthermore, Li Chen’s art work aspires to a spiritual arts therapy, uncovering a wealth of joy amidst the simple life’s pleasures, innovating a spiritual space through the pieces, as humor embellishes a metaphorical engagement with the world.
Since his works first appeared to the public in 1999 in Taipei, Li Chen has been an active figure both domestic and abroad. Li participated in the 52nd Venice Biennale, being regarded as the first individual artist of Chinese descent to be invited to arrange a solo exhibition in the event. Li Chen has presented solo exhibitions at National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Aurora Museum (Shanghai), Suzhou Museum (Suzhou), Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Taipei), Frye Art Museum (Seattle), Place Vendôme (Paris), Taipei MoCA (Taipei).