Due to travel restrictions from his home in Beijing, Li Hongwei will be virtually joining us during an Evening with Li Hongwei on July 7. His event on July 3 is canceled.
The sculptures of Li Hongwei represent balance: between tradition and innovation, between fragility and strength, between realism and abstraction. His use of ceramics is a nod to traditional Chinese art forms, while his use of stainless steel brings a sense of modernity into his work. He is also interested in Chinese philosophy and the principles of yin and yang, the two complementary forces that bring harmony to the universe. Balancing the Cosmos: Works by Li Hongwei includes sculptures that were created by the artist in the last five years. On July 7, Li Hongwei will join Rehema Barber, the KIA’s Chief Curator, for a conversation that explores the dual nature of his work.
Li Hongwei received an MFA from the School of Art and Design of Alfred University in 2007. As a tenured faculty member of the College of Fine Arts at the Capital Normal University and a visiting scholar at Alfred University, he splits his time between Beijing and New York. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva) and the Chinese Sculpture Institute (Beijing). Li Hongwei’s works have been collected by The British Museum, London; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, NY; China APEC International Conference Center; The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; Crocker Art Museum, CA; New Orleans Museum of Art; and others. Over the years, his works have been exhibited in: the National Art Museum of China; the Louvre; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Fox Art Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania; and the Dublin Castle in Ireland, among others.