Tianbing Li / national

Through his decades of work, he has amassed a straightforward, subtle, and sensitive visual record of multiple generations of people, who have lived through momentous transitions in China’s history, including independence from colonial rule, the Cultural Revolution, and rapid modernization.


“Though painting primarily in oil, he has remained deeply informed by Chinese traditional painting, particularly the Xieyi freehand style of calligraphy, which values rapidity, control, and gesture. His quick, expressive, and purposefully blurred images create a sense of urgency, and the artist has mentioned his interest in Futurism, which also rejected the past in celebration of violence and youth. But Li Tianbing’s images seem less a mimicry of speed and industry. Instead, they desire to hold still a brief moment in rapidly changing world.”

Chinese Contemporary Artist Li Tianbing Fuses Joy with Protest in His New London Exhibition, Artnet


Li Tianbing explores fiction and reality haunted by selected childhood memories in a suffocating society and charged political setting. Using photographs as a medium to illustrate his reflections on the past and his multicultural experiences, Li layers the present using oil painting in a timeless duality. A common thread in his art would be reflections on loneliness, where it is addressed in a symbolic fashion, which mirror his own personal experience of the one-child policy. This state of confusion engulfs the artist and he loses the frontier between his own authenticity and invention. The interpretation of his work incorporates personal identity and drama in a tale with the infiltration of multicultural factors. His composition interweaves the contrasting themes of China today: East and West, communism and capitalism, ancient culture and modern consumerism.

Born in Guilin, China in 1974, Li Tianbing studied at the Institute of International Relations in Beijing before graduating in 2002 from the Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His solo exhibitions include: L&M Arts Gallery, New York; Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris; Galerie Loft, Beitou; Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich; Galerie Deborah Zafman, Paris. A selection of group exhibitions include: Today Art Museum, Beijing; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China and Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Spain. The artist currently lives and works in both Beijing and Paris, France.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Hong Kong Art Center

ADAA Show – L&M Arts Gallery, New York

L&M Arts Gallery, New York

Galerie Albert Benamou
Galerie Loft
Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen, France

Beizitou, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich
Galerie Deborah Zafman, Paris
Brand New Works, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York

Musée de Gajac, Villeneuve, F
Galerie Loft, Barcelone
Galerie Loft, Paris

Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York

Galerie Donzévansaanen, Lausanne

Musée Marzelles, Marmande

Selected Group Exhibitions

 “Sea of Desire”, Fondation Carmignac, Ile de Porquerolles, France

Us is them – the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio
Chinese Whispers, recent art from the Sigg Collection – Museum of Fine Arts Bern

“Who’s afraid of picture”,  l’Ecole supérieure d’art et design de Grenoble, France
Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unread – Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

“Mind-Beating”, China Millennium Monument – Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing

“Mind-Beating”, the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice
Biennale d’Issy, Musee de la Carte a Jouer, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM)

Art Basel Miami – L&M Arts
Art Basel – L&M Arts
Du vent dans les branches, Art Senat 2008, Paris
Sport in art – Today Art Museum, Beijing

Musuem of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing


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