Xiang Li - Fine Artist

Xiang Li

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Xiang Li

Boston, MA - United States

Xiang Li - Fine Artist

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About Xiang Li

Xiang Li worked as a professional reproduction and restoration artist at The Forbidden City of Beijing, China for over 37 years.

The Forbidden City is the world’s largest palace that is famous for its art, architecture and royal history.

Li grew up in an artistic family in Beijing. She discovered her interest in art at a very young age. Dong Shouping (董寿平), a very famous painter, was her childhood art teacher.

After graduating from middle school, Li joined a cultural troop and worked on artistic design. During this period, she was rewarded several times for her excellent work. She was transferred to the Beijing Forbidden City in 1974, specializing in reproduction of ancient Chinese paintings.

In the past 20 years, many experts have spoken highly of Li’s artworks in the styles of the last five dynasties. Many of her works were in exhibitions in China and around the world. Li was promoted as the chairman of the Renovation Department of Ancient Arts in 1982 (reported on Guang Ming Daily 光明日报). Shortly after, Li became a consultant to the Great Wall Art Association, an organization dedicated to the ancient novel “The Dream of Red Chamber - 红楼梦”.

From 1975 to 1985, Li successfully completed paintings all 414 characters of “The Dream of Red Chamber”, and she is also known as the first person who ever completed this collection of artworks. Li appeared many times on the radio and on television, as well as in magazine and newspaper articles. She was named one of the “20 Most Talented People of China”. The Beijing Radio Station also made a special program dedicated to Li’s outstanding artistic talent.

Recognized by the State, Li decided to donate the entire collection of “The Dream of Red Chamber” paintings to the Grand View Garden (大观园) in Beijing. Li’s artworks attract visitors from around the world every day.

李湘在北京故宫博物院工作了近40年。由于她有深厚的西方画与中国画的基础,在中国著名艺术大师的传授下,她成为了故宫主临摹室的书画临摹和修复专家。80年代中,李湘把传统艺术深入研究后加以发挥而首创了中国历史上第一套完整的红楼梦人物,赢得了国际社会的关注和广泛好评。李湘最有代表性的艺术收藏品之一:“红楼梦”的413位人物图将在中国海南一个全新概念的文化公园中展示。各大媒体撰写了关于她的文章和书籍。李湘也很荣幸的在国内外开办了个人画展,包括美国,西班牙,新加坡,泰国,日本,和韩国。

李湘的艺术博学早已获得了中国书画界的高度认可和尊重,其中包括著名画家范增,董寿平,周汝昌,王蒙,周策纵等及末代皇帝的弟弟溥杰。溥杰称她为“我们这个时代最非凡的艺术家之一”。在过去的20年里,李湘在中国知名的拍卖行担任艺术总监,专业画家和鉴赏家。同时,她对于中国美术史的全面认识也被一位知名的国际电影导演看重,希望与李湘再次合作制作一个巨型中国历史题材的影片。当李湘来到波士顿后已被邀请在纽约大都会艺术博物馆,波士顿美术馆,密歇根大学艺术馆担任艺术顾问。这些博物馆的中国馆馆长认为:李湘精通古代和现代中国绘画,一定会对波士顿以及美国的艺术事业有积极的影响和卓越的贡献。

李湘希望能够把中国古代绘画技法传授给新一代的艺术家。教学初衷是结合古代与现代中国绘画技巧,国画与西画的原理和应用。作为一位艺术知识份子,李湘希望能够继续她这一辈子最热衷的艺术创作和教育事业。

Awards:

1. Awarded one of the “20 Most Talented People of China” (成功者的足迹), 1986
2. Artworks presented at “The Qin Emperor’s 60-year Anniversary” art exhibition. Thailand, 1987
3. Artworks presented at “The Chinese Cultural Art Exhibition”. Singapore, 1988
4. Artworks presented at “The Chinese Cultural Art Exhibition”. Spain, 1988
5. Presenter at the 4th World Women Conference on “The Glamour of Asian Women in Chinese Arts”
6. Personal art exhibition in Taiwan
7. Artworks were exhibited in national art museums in the US, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Spain and many other countries.

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