Li Huasheng 李华生
Chinese, 1944-2018
Selected exhibitions
Jing Shen - The act of painting in contemporary China,
Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea (PAC)
Li Huasheng: Process, Mind, and Landscape,
Ink Studio
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For decades, Li Huasheng has been considered one of China’s leading traditional ink painters. Schooled in the Chinese painting tradition, Li produced elegant ink landscapes. Since the 1980s, he has departed from his early landscape style and moved toward abstraction. In his monumental and non-representational ink-on-paper works, Li focuses on line, repeating grids and marks in such a way that his images retain the meditative quality of traditional Chinese paintings. Works such as 0305 (2003), an enormous work on Xuan paper comprised of finely applied gray ink grids, meditate on the passing of time.