Li Yiwen
Born in 1982 in Luoyang (CN)
Lives and works in Beijing (CN)


Li Yiwen’s paintings have a unique quality, one that makes palpable each thread and strand of their poetry. A pale ash grey mood; a quiet atmosphere; vast, empty spaces; cool, lonely architecture: they’re just like some past or present “no-man’s land.” These defamiliarized scenes starkly contrast with the ostentation and agitation of urban life.

The reason Li Yiwen chose this painterly language of psychological “displacement” comes from when, in the course of painting, the artist discovered he was gradually approaching the depths of contemporary art. He reflected on academic art, especially on how academic painting stresses drawing from nature within a framework of realism.

This is particularly true of the still overwhelmingly influential Soviet school of oil painting, which is not the true European realist tradition.


He realized that he must break away from these limitations and find a painting style suitable to display his self—a style and language composed of purity, tranquility, poetry, and strangeness.


Education of Li Yiwen


Bachelor degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, majored in fresco, Beijing (CN)
Master degree from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, majored in fresco, Beijing (CN)



Integrative Structure, Leo Gallery, Hong-Kong (CN)


No Man’s Land, Feizi Gallery, Brussels (BE)


Li Yiwen, Yang Gallery, Beijing (CN)


Twinkling, Times Art Museum, Beijing (CN)



Romancing Relevance: A Remix of Sameness, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing (CN)
New Force, Leo Gallery,  Shanghai (CN)
MICROSCOPE —The Inner Mindscape of 5Contemporary Chinese Artists, Leo Gallery, HongKong (CN)
This is Not Painting – Exploring the Boundary of Painting,  Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taïwan (TW)
The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition: Observer-Creator/The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (CN)


Li Yiwen & Jiang Zhi Group Show, Feizi Gallery, Brussels (BE)


Encounters, Art Sanya/International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2013, Sanya (CN)
Coldness, On the Creation Dimension of Spiritual Independence A12T, Contemporary Art Center, Beijing (CN)
A Glimpse of Memory – Li Yiwen & Lee,Jinju, Space CAN, Beijing (CN)
The Sixth Chengdu Biennale, New International Convention & Exposition Center, Chengdu (CN)
Time Line, An Exhibition of Contemporary Art (Session 1), Your Ment Art, Nanning (CN)
Beyond Style, VA Space, Beijing (CN)
Displacement: Narratives of Four Young Chinese Artists, Space CAN, Beijing (CN)
Painting Lesson |||: Elementary and Extreme Structure, Yang Gallery, Beijing (CN)
Future Master, Wenxuan Art Museum, Chengdu (CN)
The Visual Rhetoric of the Young Generation, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou (CN)


Imagination. Self-made, JINGYI Space, Beijing (CN)
Also World’T Art Center, Beijing (CN)


Reality Extends, Rui Art Gallery, Shanghai (CN)
Fresh Eyes2011–Framework Growing Inside Out, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (CN)
A Play, JINGYI Art Gallery, Beijing (CN)
The Shape Of Mind, HANMO Art Gallery, Beijing (CN)


You Said The Longest Wander is Brushing Past One After The Other in This City, Young Artist Joint Exhibition, Art Museum of Nantong, Nantong (CN)


Huangjueping International Art Festival of New Year, The generation of singleton, Young Artist Invitation Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum of Huangjueping, Chongqing (CN)


Chinese Contemporary Art Documentary Exhibition in Beijing, Wall Arts Gallery and Gehua Arts Gallery, Beijing (CN)


B52 2nd Show, C5 Art Center, Beijing (CN)
2nd session of today’s China Art Exhibition in Beijing, Art Museum of China, Beijing (CN)


Confucius, I asked, Light of the Academy Exhibition in Beijing, Artistic Innovation Award, The Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing (CN)



ART 021, Shanghai (CN)