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Li Shuang

Li Shuang

Born in Beijing in 1957, Li Shuang grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China , she has been painting since childhood.

Together with Ma Desheng, Wang Ke Ping, Huang Rui, Yan Li, Yang Yiping, Qu Leilei, Mao Lizi, Bo Yun, Shao Fei, Ai Weiwei, Gan Shaocheng and Yin Guangzhong, they formed “The Stars” group in 1979. “The Stars” is acknowledged by many art historians as the root of Chinese Contemporary art history. They strive to achieve artistic freedom. Ten years of stringency, thought control and forced revolutionary fervor affected her painting. Li’s status as a rebellious artist and her request for permission to marry a foreigner, a French diplomat and visiting professor of Chinese history, led to the artist’s arrest in 1981. After serving a two-year sentence for re-education in a prison outside of Beijing, Li rejoined her fiancé in Paris in 1983. Now living in Paris, she spends six to seven hours on painting everyday, for painting has always been an enjoyable and important part of her life.

While Li Shuang’s work does not suggest anger or political suppression, her subjects, often women, do present a sense of strength, stillness and calm, balance and serenity; a quiet complexity. Li incorporates traditional objects such as vases, fruits and blossoms amongst her subjects, but it’s her particular striking style and use of rich, luxurious colour which give her paintings a thoroughly modern feel.

Her art pieces have been collected by Musée d’Epernay, France; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan and many more. The publication "Shuang" is jointly created by Li Shuang and A Cheng and published by Taiwan UNITAS in 1999.

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