Li Tianbing, ‘Lonely Monkey #5’, 2014, Pearl Lam Galleries

About Li Tianbing

When Li Tianbing was 12 years old, he sold a cow and used the proceeds to purchase his first camera, with which he has been traversing the mountains in Fujian province ever since, taking portraits of the people who live in the impoverished, rural villages. Entirely self-taught, he uses black-and-white film, sometimes adding touches of color by hand. Rather than naming the individuals in his portraits, Li labels each one “Comrade,” adhering to the Communist form of address. Through his decades of work, he has amassed a straightforward, subtle, and sensitive visual record of multiple generations of people, who have lived through momentous transitions in China’s history, including independence from colonial rule, the Cultural Revolution, and rapid modernization.

Chinese, b. 1974, Guilin, China

Solo Shows

2016
ArtAndOnly, 
Geneva,
Introducing new exclusive works by Li Tianbing

Group Shows

2018
2015
Kashya Hildebrand, 
London,
2014
Art Plural Gallery, 
Singapore,
Flux - Collective Exhibition

Fair History on Artsy

2014
Art Plural Gallery at Art Taipei 2014
2013
Art Plural Gallery at Sydney Contemporary 2013