Collection > Shurui, Li

LI Shurui was born in Chongqing, China in 1981. She is now living in Beijing. Always observant to her physical surroundings for what catches her eye, and fascinated by light and the colour spectrum it produces, Li began her lights series in 2005 using airbrushing. Now recognised as one of the most well- versed in this technique in China, Li continues to develop her concept of lights and space, and has gained important collectorship from around the world for her work.

Often in large formats, her paintings are powerful not just because of their impressive scale, but the immersive atmosphere they create around their audience and their ability to capture people’s imagination, in a way that leaves them with a strong emotive impression. She tries to reproduce the sensation that the eye gets when looking directly at light; giving her audience a new sensory experience that creates optical illusions and changes perceptions.


2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China

Solo Exhibitions

2005 “Independent Project Space Project 5”, Long March Foundation,
Beijing, China
2008 “Li Shurui”, Seoul, Korea
“Lights”, Connoisseur Contemporary and Connoisseur Art
Gallery, Hong Kong

2010 "LSR - Solo Exhibition of Li Shurui", Connoisseur Contemporary
and Connoisseur Art Gallery, Hong Kong

Participated Exhibition

2001 “Present or Without a Seat”, Group Exhibition, Chongqing,

2002 “What If Women Ruled the Earth”, Dialogue with Judy Chicago
“A Walking Visual Display”, Lugu Lake, Sichuan Province,

2003 “Suspension”, Group Exhibition, Chongqing, China
The 2nd Guiyang Oil Painting Exhibition of Guizhou,
Guiyang, China
“Media Centre Project”, Long March Foundation, Beijing, China

2004 “Chengdu 2004”, Group Exhibition, Chengdu, China
“No Space – Chinese Building Construction Site New
Art Exhibition”, Chongqing, China
“Bilateral City Plan”, Chongqing M Commune + Hong Kong Art
Commune Exchange Exhibition, Chongqing, China

2006 “The Young Mandarins 2006 – An Exhibition of Chinese
Contemporary Art”, Mandarin Oriental, Miami, USA
”Tuttuguale?”, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,
Turin, Italy
Long March Capital Exhibited, Beijing, China

2007 “Made in China”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art,
Humlebæk, Denmark
The 3rd China National Exhibition of Oil Painting, Beijing, China
“On the Yellow Sea”, Seoul, Korea
Group Exhibition of Young Contemporary Chinese Artists by
82 Republic, Art Singapore 2007, Singapore

2008 “Delirious Beijing”, Beijing, China
“82 Republic – The Birth of a New Generation”, Parallel Event of
Singapore Biennale, Connoisseur Art Gallery, Singapore
“Surfacing”, Shanghai, China

2009 “Santa’s Workshop”, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
“VIVA! New Art. New Visions”, Connoisseur Contemporary and
Connoisseur Art Gallery, Hong Kong
“It Ain’t Fair”, Deitch Project, Art Basel Miami, Miami, USA
"The Obsession", Special Project of CIGE 2009, Beijing, China
Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Scope Miami, Miami, USA

2010 "82 Republic New Year Show", Connoisseur Contemporary and
Connoisseur Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland



New York Times, July 30, 2008, China’s Female Artists Quietly Emerge
International Herald Tribune, July 31, 2009, China's Female Artists Find a Niche

“After Glow”, Luxury Properties, April 2010 issue, Hong Kong

Public Collections

The Estella Collection, New York, USA
Long March Foundation, Beijing, China
China World Trade Centre, Beijing, China

Private Collections

China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States


"Connoisseur Contemporary", Paperback catalogue, Produced by Connoisseur Contemporary

“LSR”, Paperback catalogue, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong
“Connoisseur Contemporary Volume II”, Paperback catalogue, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong

Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon Press.

Li Shurui
Lights No. 6
Acrylic on Canvas
80 x 91 inches
Li Shurui
Lights No. 5
Acrylic on Canvas
81.25 x 91.75 inches
Li Shurui
Lights No. 7
Acrylic on Canvas
71 x 102.5 inches
Li Shurui
Lights no. 9
Acrylic on Canvas
70.13 x 102.37 inches