Li Jin


Li Jin

Li Jin (b.1958, Tianjin, China) is the contemporary ink master who is best known for his witty and lush depictions of sensory pleasures. He draws from the tradition of Chinese literati ink painting and creates contemporary works celebrating all aspects of everyday life: food, drink, men, and women.

Li Jin was trained at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and has been a leading figure in contemporary Chinese ink art since the 1980s. He was awarded the Annual Ink Artist at the 2013 Award of Art China and was the only ink artist selected by the authoritative publication L’OFFICIEL Art in 2019. In 2015, his major survey show ‘The Sensory Life of the Mass: 30 Year of LI Jin’ was exhibited at the Long Museum in Shanghai. His works are in the collections of major institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Art Museum of China, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Seattle Art Museum, and Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Most recently, four pieces from his latest solo exhibition, To Live [It Up], curated by John McDonald at Vermilion Art, were acquired and added into the permanent collection by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Art Talk | John McDonald talks about Li Jin

Li Jin | To Live (It Up)


1958 Born in Tianjin, China
1983 Graduated from Chinese Painting Department of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts
Present Associate Professor at Chinese Painting Department of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts
2024 “Li Jin: Solo Exhibition”, Melbourne Art Fair 2024, Vermilion Art, Melbourne, Australia
2023 “Li Jin: Platform China”, Beijing, China
“Companion to Sit With”, Line Gallery, Beijing, China
“Li Jin’s Life”, Zhi Art Space, Jinan, China
“Live Slowly”, Nagi Art Space, Jinan, China
2022 “Li Jin: Platform China”, Beijing, China
 “Li Jin: Carnivore is not Vulgar”, He Art Museum
2021 “Li Jin: Arthat, Line Gallery, Beijing, China
2020 “Li Jin: To Live (It Up)”, Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia
“Li Jin: The Heart Sutra”, Hi Art Centre, Beijing, China
2019 “Go on and on”, ART CHANGSHA Biennial, Changsha, China
“Flesh and Bone”, INK studio, Beijing, China
2018 “Li Jin: Chinese Ink Painting”, Bohman-Knappe, Stockholm, Sweden
2017 “Li Jin: A Devout Foodist’s Journey to the West”, Sotheby’s S2 Gallery, Los Angles, USA
2016 “The Trip in Kyushu”, Hi Art Center, Beijing, China
“Li Jin Solo Exhibition,Context New York 2016”, Context New York, New York, USA
“Being”, INK studio, Beijing, China
2015 “The Sensory Life of the Mass: 30 Years of Li Jin”, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
2014 “The Roots of Pleasure: The Paintings and Sculpture of Li Jin”, Sotheby’s S2, Hong Kong
“Li Jin, I Must Be Myself”, L’ Officiel Art Space, Beijing, China
“Banquet · An Exhibition of works by Li Jin”, Museum of Contemporary Art Xinjiang, Urumqi, China
“Li Jin New Art Work Exhibition”, Houtian Gallery, Beijing, China
Merrymaking: Li Jin’s Solo Exhibition, Gallery 100, Taipei
“On the Spot Journal-Li Jin’s Experimental Ink Painting”, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
2013 “Eat and Drink, Man, Woman”, The Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia
“Li Jin – New Work”, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012 “Li Jin · Today · Banquet”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Tuschmalerei (Ink Paintings)”, Dittmar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
“Li Jin New Year Work Exhibition”, Houtian Gallery, Beijing, China
2010 “Li Jin”, Kasten Gallery, Mannheim, Germany
“Li Jin: One Square Meter Paintings”, Houtian Gallery, Beijing, China
2009 “The Art of Li Jin”, Kunstraum-Bernusstrabe, Frankfurt, Germany
2008 “Malerei und Tuschzeichnungen (Paintings and Ink Drawings)”, Dittmar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007 “A Feast, Food and Sex”, Artside Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2006 “Li Jin’s New Works”, Gallery 99, Aschaffenburg, Germany
“Li Jin Solo”, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“Li Jin – Solo Exhibition”, Art Scene China, Shanghai, China
2005 “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman”, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, USA
“Art Exhibition By Li Jin: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman”, Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok, Thailand
“Simple Pleasures–Passing Time with Li Jin”, Asian Art Options, Singapore
2004 “Li Jin: New Works”, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China
2003 “Li Jin: A Feast”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
2023 “The Idea Life: A Group Exhibition of Artists in Geoff Raby Collection”, Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia
2022 Ink in Motion, A History of Chinese Painting in the 20th Century, Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France
2021 “Companions in Solitude: Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2019 “In Ink: Current Trends of Ink Art”, NanHai Art, San Francisco, USA
2018 ”Tradition and change: dialogue in the process of ink painting, Zhu Qizhan art museum, Shanghai, China
“Spearhead: new abstract of ink painting”, MingYuan art museum, Shanghai, China
“Chinese expressionism”, CUI ZHENGKUAN art Museum, Xi’an, China
2017 2017 “Boundless: Ongoing-Chinese Ink Art” ,Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China
“More than ten feasibility of ink”, Luxehills Art Museum, Chengdu, China
“LUMINOUS SHADOWS”, Ink Studio, Beijing, China
2016 “The Magic of Characters-3000 years of Chinese calligraphy”, Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, German
“Being and Inking–Documenting Contemporary InkArt (2001-2016)”, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China
“Permanent Abstraction—–Epiphanies of a Modern Form in Escaped Totalities”, Red Brick Art Museum
“Annual review exhibition of china contemporary ink painting”, Today art museum, Beijing, China
“The Revival of Tradition: Another Approach to Contemporary Chinese Art”, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, USA
“Art historical flashback–another path to contemporary Chinese art”, elion art gallery, Beijing
2014 “Poetry Calligraphy Painting Magazine’s First Annual Exhibition: Male·Female”, Shandong Art Museum, Jinan, China
“Within and Without–Transformations in Chinese Landscapes”, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, USA
“Ink and the Body”, Ink Studio, Beijing, China
“In Sequence–Chinese Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition”, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
“China’s Changing Landscape–Contemporary Chinese Ink”, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet (Nordic Watercolour Museum), Skärhamn, Sweden
2013 “Portrait of the Times–30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
“Illusion/Image–Contemporary Chinese Ink Art Series I”, Hive Centre of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
“The Origin of Dao–New Dimensions in Chinese Contemporary Art”, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
2014 “Artist of the Year” granted by L’OFFICIEL Art 2013
2013 “Ink Artist of the Year” granted by AAC · Art China 2012

Metropolitan Museum of Ar, New York, USA
National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA
The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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