Li Hongbo, international artist, was born in 1974 in China's Jilin province. In 1996, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Jilin Normal University in China. Then, He earned a first Master of Fine Arts degree in 2001 from the Folk Art Department of the Central Academy of Beijing in China and second Master of Fine Arts degree, in the same school, from the Experimental Art Department in 2010. Currently, he lives and works in Beijing.
When he worked in the book industry as editor and designer, Li Hongbo was fascinated by the paper and its "endless possibilities". Thus, he monopolizes the medium by performing sculptures with it. To do so, he sticks tens of thousands of sheets in a honeycomb structure, traditional Chinese technique for making festive decorations. The artist forms blocks of paper and he sculpts to give them the shape of human figures, objects or bust replicas from ancient Greece or Renaissance Italy.
Thus, Li Hongbo appropriates and reinvents the paper, this classic material. He uses it as a medium of illusion where the solid and realistic figuration can deform and change into another form, sometimes grotesque. For his sculptures which expand and contract, the artist makes references to both Chinese folk traditions and Occidental artistic culture. He plays, therefore, on perception and visual language that, in a changing world, has stood the test of time.
Currently in Shanghai
22 Jun - 31 Aug 2019