The study of "light" and "color" and their cultural connotations constitute the core of Li Shurui's artistic practice. The artist is convinced that the use of "light" and "color" can embody, record, and shape individuals' needs and spirituality in different cultures and times, which is also related to their collective ideology in a broader sense. In recent years, the artist has developed a more comprehensive system of work methods. Drawing from her life experiences, Li Shurui explores the boundaries of the painted medium, as well as the functional, social and political nature of light and color through a highly personal approach and its extended practice.


Li Shurui (b. 1981, Chongqing) received her BFA at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (SFAI) in 2004. Li was granted 2016 New York Fellowship Program of Asian Cultural Council (ACC). Recent solo exhibitions include High Light: Splendor Worn Thin in the Recesses of Time, Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2021); Somewhere Between Abstract and Concrete, Carl Kostyál, Milan, Italy (2020); LSR·Tenderest Affection, New Galerie, Paris, France (2018); Light Extracts, Salt Project, Beijing, China (2018); LSR·Deep White, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2017). Recent group exhibitions include Good Pictures, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, USA (2020); Restons Unis: You'll Never Walk Alone, PERROTIN, Paris, France (2020); LI Shurui - Zevs, New Galeries, Paris, France (2019); Only Connect!, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2019); Nine Journeys Through Time, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); Spiritual Origin, Long Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); A White Space Odyssey, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China (2019); Who Cares, New Galerie, Paris, France (2019); Nine Journeys Through Time, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (2018); A World in a Grain of Sand : Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Deometries, Atlantis, Sanya, China (2018); Constellation, Georgian National Museum Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia (2017); No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA (2016); Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); No Longer / Not Yet, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2015). Li Shurui currently lives and works in Beijing and Dali.