LI Jin
(b. 1958, China)
LI Jin is a painter known for his ink-wash images of sensory pleasures in contemporary China.

Li’s artistic process is similar to that of Marlene Dumas while simultaneously reminiscent of traditional Chinese brush paintings. The artist utilizes watery strokes and the imperfect edges of the brush to great effect. His figurative paintings depict humans in intimate activities such as eating, gathering, or physical intimacy. Although these are basic expressions of everyday human life, the figures in Li’s work display an emotional distance that makes them appear out of place and surreal. Even at the most extravagant of events, a melancholy undertone lingers, suggestive of a dream or memory.

Li Jin was born in China in 1958. He graduated in 1983 with a BFA from the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. He has participated in exhibitions since 1985, such as the National Art Museum of Germany (Berlin), the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne, Australia), Museum of Contemporary Art (Rome), Contemporary Art Museum (Seoul), and the Today Art Museum (Beijing), amongst many more. His works are included in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the National Arts Museum of China, the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, to name a few. He currently lives and works in Tianjin, China.

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