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b. 1942, works and lives in Shanghai and New York

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Current And Upcoming Exhibitions:
Then, White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale, Australia, 09.11, 2019 - 01.26, 2020
The Return of Guests, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 09.20, 2019 - 03.08, 2020
Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 11.19, 2019 - 03.19, 2020
+ Winter Group Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing, 12.27, 2019 - 02.16, 2020


Li Shan is a Chinese contemporary artist and a pioneer of BioArt. He was born in Lanxi, Heilongjiang Province in 1942. Li studied at Heilongjiang in 1963 and attended the Shanghai Theater Academy in 1964. He taught at college of Shanghai Theater Academy after graduation. Retired at 2002. Now living in Shanghai and New York.In the 1960s, Li Shan started to engage in contemporary art practices. The Propagation series and the Rouge series are important works from that period, both of which were selected for the “China/Avant-Garde Art Exhibition,” the 45th Venice Biennale, and the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennale.

Li Shan was also one of the main participants in New Wave Chinese art movement in 1980s.In 1993, Li Shan began investigating issue surrounding the life science through his art practice. With molecular biology as the scientific foundation, Li completed  the first BioArt project Reading at the genetic level in 1998.Li published the BioArt article The story of Fish and Butterfly in 2002 The Pumpkin Project was completed, and it was exhibited at ShanghART Gallery in 2007.


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