Bust of Gorky
Bust of Gorky

About Li Hongbo

Fascinated by what he describes as “the endless possibilities of paper,” Li Hongbo collapses folk craft and high art in his beguiling sculptures and installations, made of thousands of individual sheets of this ancient material, paper. The artist's work as a book editor and designer sparked the artist’s interest in paper in all its varieties. This, combined with his training as a sculptor and his appreciation of the expandable honeycomb structures of traditional Chinese paper decorations, inspired him to experiment. He models his own works after these ubiquitous decorations. By gluing together up to tens of thousands of individual sheets, Li builds blocks of paper that he carves into human figures, objects, and replicas of Classical Greek and Italian busts. While they look solid, a tug reveals their Slinky-like capability to stretch, bend, and morph into a myriad of grotesque and humorous deformations.

Chinese, b. 1974, Siping City, Jilin, China, based in Beijing, China

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Li Hongbo: Textbooks, Klein Sun Gallery, New York
2014
Li Hongbo - Shadow of Knives, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong
2014
Li Hongbo: Tools of Study, Klein Sun Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
“KNOCK ON WOOD”, Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris