Li Dazhi

1968       Born in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province, China

He is now living and working in Beijing.

Li Dazhi was majored in architecture in his early years, he switched to printmaking after he learnt from artists Fang Lijun and the like. He traveled around the globe constantly over the years which enriched his life experience. In the early days of his artistic career, Li focused on installation and photography which later influenced his painting style. The reason why he paints is somewhat self-explanatory. As a child, Li Dazhi inadvertently acquired Buddhism through his mother. Though a devoted Christian, she brought Li to the local Buddhist temple since there was no local Christian church. The spacious atmosphere Li experienced in the temple was deeply plunged into his memory which makes him feel a moment of contemplation and revelation. This kind of feeling had a huge impact on his paintings. When he traveled in India, he had a chance encounter with Rinpoche, this incident marked Li’s true conversion to Buddhism and gradually influenced his painting style and outlook on life. The profound emotional experience in his life is also reflected in his paintings: Forefinger was created when he was grief-stricken with the death of his father. Li Dazhi’s works tend to choose daily trivial things as subject, giving attention to corners and edges with no deliberate intention. His works often give the audience a feeling of “peace and tranquility”, leading their sense from a visible object to an edging ambiguity, leaving the subject more meaningful, spiritual and thought-provoking.

ARTWORKS

Duck

Oil on canvas
100x120cm
2018

Leaves of Bodhi Trees

Oil on canvas
200 x 160 cm
2017

Nightcrawler

Oil on wooden panel
40 x 30 cm
2020

Bergamot

Oil on wooden panel
34 x 29 cm
2020

Clouds

Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
2020

Pink Globe

Oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm
2019-2021

Untitled

Oil on canvas
80 x 65 cm
2018

Grey Painting

Oil on canvas
D 104cm
2018

Bamboo

Oil on canvas
90.5 x 123 cm
2016

Window

Oil on canvas
240 x 240 cm
2019

Pearl

Oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
2015

Emperor

Oil on canvas
41 x 32 cm
2016

Emperor in Red Cloths

Oil on canvas
28 x 22 cm
2016

Man in White

Oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm
2011

Waterdrop

Oil on canvas
130 x 170 cm
2015

Red Book

Oil on canvas
180 x 180 cm
2015

Flowers

Oil on canvas
185 x 230 cm
2015

Yellow Water-drop

Oil on canvas
195 x 250 cm
2015-2016

Pearl

Oil on canvas
135 x 270 cm
2014

Morning

Stainless Steel
80 x 28 x 9 cm
2014

Exhibitions

Publications

Selected Articles

At the Height of Inner Perception

by Heinz-Norbert Jocks

An Essay on Li Dazhi’s World of Images

by Heinz-Norbert Jocks

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