b. 1974, China

Li Hongbo Biography

Li Hongbo is a Beijing based artist that creates surprising and unusual works from paper. A book editor and designer, Li Hongbo began collecting and experimenting with paper and was inspired by the traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as ‘paper gourd’. Created from a stack of interconnected sheets of paper, Li Hongbo realized the simplicity of their ‘honeycomb’ composition and the boundless possibilities of their shape and properties. Thousands of sheets of paper are glued to create a large block. The artist carves this block to create a form that can be outstretched like an accordion, transforming the work into something completely different.

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Ocean of Flowers, the 18th Biennale of Sydney installation on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island is an example of such a work. Thousands of brightly coloured flowers create a sprawling landscape, though when the flowers are flattened they are revealed as weapons such as pistols and AK 47’s.

Li Hongbo’s work is included in numerous private collections and the White Rabbit Collection, Sydney. Dominik Mersch Gallery presented his first solo exhibition in Australia in 2012, investigating the circle of life, from birth to death.

Text courtesy Dominik Mersch Gallery.

Li Hongbo Featured Artworks

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Peace by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Peace, 2017–2022 Paper
32 x 14 x 14 inches
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Seasons of Flower - Rose by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Seasons of Flower - Rose, 2021 Stainless Steel
206 x 195 x 60 cm
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Standard Space - Cone by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Standard Space - Cone, 2021 Cast iron, rebar
148 x 65 x 65 cm
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Standard Space - Cuboid by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Standard Space - Cuboid, 2021 Cast iron, rebar
116 x 65 x 65 cm
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Standard Space - Cube by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Standard Space - Cube, 2021 Cast iron, rebar
65 x 65 x 65 cm
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Standard Space - Cylinder by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Standard Space - Cylinder, 2021 Cast iron, rebar
110 x 65 x 65 cm
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Standard Space - Sphere by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Standard Space - Sphere, 2021 Cast iron, rebar
65 x 65 x 65 cm
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Stage No.4 by Li Hongbo contemporary artwork sculpture
Li Hongbo Stage No.4, 2016–2020 Stainless Steel
330 x 36 x 36 cm
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