LI RUI


LI RUI

China, b. 1984

 

Profile

LI Rui 李銳 was born in 1984 in Shanxi 山西 and graduated both Bachelor’s (2005) and Master’s of Fine Arts (2008) degree in oil painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing ( CAFA; 中央美术学院). A young man from a family of devoted academic background in history, Li Rui was fascinated by archaeology and natural history. He spent time in history museums studying and painting from the finds of archeological diggings (rare stones, archaic jades, and tomb findings) and ultimately found his voice through the paintings of specimens of birds and eggs. In his exploration of the owls’ nature, he expresses their love, devotion to family, loneliness, and most of all dignity in their existence. The owls in Confucianism imply life’s continuation via bloodlines — descendents and filial peity. Li Rui excels in his majesty of composition and oil painting techniques.  His concepts show the power of using “modeling” or “specimen” that goes beyond mere paintings of figures. His executions are delicate and detailed. The hallmark of his work lies in the spiritual outcome of each painting — the rebirth of the body and the awakening of the soul — through spirit animals and nature. Serindia Gallery exhibited a selection of his works in 2011.

 

Artwork

 Memory No.1(Together) Looking Up the Sky
LI RUI

Memory No.1 

80H x 80W cm

LI RUI 

Looking Up the Sky

100H x 100W cm