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Li Dazhi was born in 1968 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.Read More
Li Dazhi worked with AYE gallery in 2013, holding his first solo exhibition Li Dazhi—The Faceless Face. In 2006, he collaborated with AYE Gallery again to hold his solo exhibition. He is also active in different groups exhibitions, which include: Blank Cheque—AYE Gallery Beijing in Berlin (CFA, Berlin, Germany, 2017); Being Baptised—the Art under Disaster (Caochangdi 300, Beijing, 2012); Caochangdi Photospring 2010—Arles in Beijing (Beijing, 2010), Three Shadows Photograph Beijing Out of Context (T Art Centre, Beijing, 2010); China Contemporary Photography Exhibition (Huanbitang Gallery, Beijing, 2008); CCP (Miami, USA, 2007).
Text courtesy Aye Gallery.
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