1974 · China
Born in 1974 in the southern province of Guilin, China, Li Tianbing moved to Paris at the age of 22 to study at the École des Beaux-Arts. Here he came in contact with a wealth of visual and cultural resources and formal histories. Surrounded by such diversity, Li quickly developed a distinctive visual language with which to express his own cultural origins that draws on both traditional Chinese techniques and contemporary Western references. His work was soon commanding a similar level of international attention afforded to elder contemporaries such as Zhang Huan and Yan Pei Ming.
Li has held solo exhibitions at Urban Scene, JD Malat Gallery (2019), London, UK; Journey of the Lone Monkey, Pearl Lam Galleries (2015), Singapore; Li Tianbing, Stephen Friedman Gallery (2012), London, UK; Me & My Brother, L&M Arts Gallery (2008), New York, USA; Lost Chinese Beauties, Galerie Albert Benamou (2007), Paris, France; and Beizitou, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery (2006), Zurich, Switzerland. He has also exhibited internationally in group exhibitions at notable institutions including Absorption as a Way of Seeing, Pearl Lam Galleries (2018), Hong Kong, China; Us Is Them: Art from the Pizzuti Collection, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (2017), Michigan, USA; Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (2011), Valencia, Spain; Sport in Art, Today Art Museum (2008), Beijing, China.