Ying-Wei, LI
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Ying Wei, Li was born in 1963 in Jilin, China.

He graduated from oil painting the department, Northeast Normal University in 1988.

He is presently a professor, an advisor for graduate students in the oil painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang University, now a member of China Artists Association, and a member of the council in Liaoning Young Artists Association and Shenyang City Artists Association. He was elected in several awards and many of his works are in major art museums.

1992 '' Great Wall Warrior'', awarded the Bronze Prize of  Mukden Incident Memorial Art Exhibition, Beijing Fine Art Academy, Beijing, China
1994 ''Way to a Distant Place'' in the 8th Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of  China, Beijing, China
1995 ''Gloaming Moon'', awarded the Silver Prize of 2nd Liaoning Oil Painting Exhibition, Liaoning, China
1996 ''Cart'' in the 3rd National Watercolor Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1997 ''Great Wall'', awarded the Gold Prize of Hong Kong’s Return, in Liaoning  Art Exhibition, Liaoning, China
1999 ''Pilgrims'', awarded the Gold Prize of Liaoning Great Portraits Exhibition, Liaoning Art Museum, Liaoning, China
2000 ''Fresh Rain in Deserted Mountain I '' awarded the Gold Prize in Oil Painting works in the Artist Placement Exhibition, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China
2000 ''Fresh Rain in Deserted Mountain Ⅱ'', awarded the Gold Prize in the 3rd Young Artist Exhibition in Liaoning Province, China
2002 ''Lily'', awarded the Silver Prize of the exhibition of the best works for memorizing the 60 the anniversary of Chairman Mao’s Speech inn yan’Art Forum
2003 ''Flowers and Shadow'', awarded the Gold Prize of Liaoning Province Excellent Art Exhibition”, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China
2003 ''Children’s Bike, Man, Child'', awarded the Excellence Award in the 3rd Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2004 ''Man, Child, Swing'', exhibited in the 10th China National Art Exhibition, Guangzhou Art Museum, Guangzhou, China
2005 ''Leap'', exhibited in the 6th National Sports Art Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2005 ''A Migratory Bird'', in the 2nd Beijing International Art Biennial Exhibition, Beijing, China
2005 ''Color Blooded clothes'', in the 2nd Beijing International Art Biennial Exhibition by the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2006 ''Ocean and Lake Spring '', awarded of Academic Award of Liaoning Artist’s Life Drawing Excellence Exhibition, Liaoning Art Museum, Shenyang, China
2008 ''Night River'', awarded the Silver Prize of Liaoning Art Exhibition, Liaoning Art Museum, Shenyang, China
2008 ''Country'', exhibited in Chinese Life Drawing Oil Painting Joint Exhibition,  National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2011 ''No More Sorrowful Dream'', exhibited in My Land My People Guest OilPainting Exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2011 ''Beautiful Memory'', in the Art Biennial Exhibition hosted by Liaoning Province Artists Association and won the highest award-Academic Awards
2011 ''Rain of Flowers'', awarded the Gold Prize in Liaoning Excellent Works, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
2012  ''Wetlands'', awarded the Gold Prize in Liaoning Scenery Excellent Exhibition, Liaoning Art Museum, Shenyang, China
2013  ''Embellishing'' in the Beautiful Liaoning Oil Painting Excellent Work Exhibition, Liaoning Art Museum, Shenyang, China
2014 ''Wetland Spring'', was awarded the Excellence Award in the 12th National Art Exhibition–Shenyang, China
2015 ''Holidays'', in the Exhibition of Korean and Chinese Art, Luxun Academy of  Fine Art, Shenyang, China/ Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2015  ''Still life ⅠⅡⅢ'', Shenyang Guest Exhibition, Liaoning Art Museum, Shenyang, China
2015 ART AMOY, Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center, Xiamen, China
2015 ART TAICHUNG, Taichung Millennium Hotel, Taichung, Taiwan  
2015 Intimate with Nature / Li Ying Wei solo exhibition, Artnutri Gallery, Miaoli, Taiwan
2016 Into The Mind Scene/ joint exhibition, Artnutri Gallery, Miaoli, Taiwan
2016 ART KAOHSIUNG, Kaohsiung The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
2017 ART & CREATIVE EXPO TAIWAN, Dali Art, Taichung, Taiwan
2017 Spring Cultivation/ joint exhibition, Artnutri Gallery, Miaoli, Taiwan
2017 Inside and Outside the Figures/ joint exhibition, Artnutri Gallery, Miaoli, Taiwan
2017 ART FORMOSA, Eslite Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 ART TAICHUNG, Millennium Hotel and Resorts, Taichung, Taiwan

Into the Mind's Scene - Ying-Wei, Li
Since 2011, Li Ying Wei’s Intimate with Nature series has portrayed each living corner of northeastern China such as mountain dwellings, wetlands, trees, and swamps. His paintings always give a serene, placid air.

Each ordinary, inconspicuous corner depicted in his work inspires the audience each and every time, powerfully evoking their memories of all the stages of growth in life. With an ornate yet subtle technique and unique tone, he expresses his attitude towards society and the environment as well as his personal memories. The visual impacts, being well-arranged and elaborate, exhibit nature’s time and its richness.

The captivating, exquisite techniques and unique color tones are ways Li expresses his perspective on society and personal memories. The visual impacts are present with well-organized and delicate layers, conveying the sense of passing time and its mellowness through a serene and calm atmosphere. The work communicates cold environmental and cultural reflections amidst a seemingly ideal habitat. In the work “Black and White Series” the artist leads the scenery into an obscure and poetic level. What this work depicts is more than the production of form; it includes the blurriness of the imagery. Li completely merges the state and inner landscape of the creator into the work, giving life to the image.

Ying-Wei Li enlarges memories of growth in the natural world as well as surreal illusions and changes of the mind after experiencing civilization. Using black and white, the basic elements of all things, the focused temperament of authenticity, modesty, and simplicity is incredibly charming. The beautiful illusions created by Li are depictions of an eerie sense of satisfaction after destruction, the abandoned, damaged state of ruins, and nihility. Emptiness, desolation, and separation; clarity, sensitivity, and vulnerability.

The paradox between human beings and the environment lies in the hope and temptation towards development, a cycle of yearning for spiritual perfection after enlightenment. Reality and dreams are sceneries that exist in our inner worlds. Ying-Wei Li achieves spiritual liberation with the rich diversity and repair throughout the natural world.


Ying Wei, Li   < Childhood Dream No.3 >,2011,oil painting,220 x170cm


Ying Wei, Li   < Moist Soil >,2012,oil painting,215 x170cm

Ying Wei, Li   < Waiting for Backyard >,2016,oil painting,240 x200cm

Ying-Wei Li “Waiting for Backyard”

Li’s work intends to point out the restored vitality in the wake of ecological disequilibrium. Only the virtuous can carry and sustain the utmost; the force of nature is always irresistibly and persistently repairing the devastation left in the wake of human activities. Green is the main color scheme in the work to highlight ecology, all sentient beings, and the resilience in life, as well as the impregnable dignity.



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