Ruth Li, Gold bubble II, 2021, black clay, glaze, gold, 5 x 8 x 8cm
Ruth Ju-Shih Li


Ruth Li Artist Portrait

Ruth Ju-Shih Li (b.1992, Taipei, Taiwan) finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School, Darlinghurst (NAS), in 2013. She explores different ways of narrating both traditional and multicultural concepts of beauty, transcendence and the sublime as a cross-cultural language into the spiritual. The layering of imagery becomes a metaphorical representation of the self to consider the transitory nature of human existence.

Li has exhibited widely in Sydney and internationally in Taiwan, China, Korea, and Thailand. Notable recent exhibitions include the Korean International Ceramic Biennale, a solo exhibition at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan and a group exhibition at the Kyoto Ceramic Centre, Japan. Li’s work is held in the collection of the Taoxichuan Museum, Jingdezhen, China, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, and in many private collections. She was a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize in 2017, won the Emerging Artists Prize in 2019, and received the Special Prize at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale International 2020.



1992 Born in Taipei, Taiwan
2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hon), National Art School, Sydney, Australia
Present Lives and works in Sydney
2021 “Flora Ephemera”, Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney, Australia
2020 “Inflorescence”, May Space, Sydney, Australia
“花期”, Tsing Hua University Gallery, Hsinchu, Taiwan
“Bloom”, Mars Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
“Florilegia”, CC Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2019 “Florilegium”, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
“Florilegium”, May Space, Sydney
2016 “Made in China”, Gallery Klei, Sydney, Australia
2022 “Dorveille”, Vermilion Art, Sydney, Australia
“Drawn by stones” 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, touring exhibition, Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios, Sydney; Australian Ceramics Triennale, Alice Springs; Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
2020 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
“Every Moment with You”, Municipal Tainan Cultural Centre, Tainan, Taiwan
2019 “Next”, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
Korean International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Republic of Korea
Art Taichung, Taichung, Taiwan
11th International Avanos Applied Ceramic Symposium, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Turkey
2018 “Ceramics Generations – Exploring Taiwan Contemporary Ceramics”, IAC National Exhibition, National Taiwan University of Arts: International Exhibition Hall, Da-Han Gallery, Da-Guan Gallery, Truth, Goodness and Beauty Gallery, Taipei, New Taipei City, Taiwan
“Mugged!”, May Space, Sydney, Australia
“No One Is A Lonely Island”, Ceramic Art Avenue Art Gallery, Jingdezhen, China
2017 “Ceramic Revisions II”, May Space, Sydney, Australia
“Jing Piao”, Jingdezhen China Ceramics Museum, Jingdezhen, China
“The White Room”, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2016 Craft Trend Fair 2016, Korea Crafts and Design Foundation, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Grand Opening Exhibition, Ceramic Art Avenue Art Gallery, Jingdezhen, China
The 5th Shenzhen International Art Fair, Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China
2015 “Homegrown”, Art Space on the Concourse, Willoughby City Council, Sydney, Australia
Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition, Craft NSW, Sydney, Australia
“Turn Turn Turn: the Studio Ceramics Tradition at the National Art School”, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Hell-O Multi Arts Festival, Project 107, Sydney, Australia
2014 “Contemporary Porcelain”, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“A Fresh Perspective”, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“Home@735”, Gallery Home@735, Sydney, Australia
2020 Winner of Special Prize Award, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale International, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Finalist of the Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, Australia
2017 Finalist of North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Centre, Sydney, Australia
2015 Finalist of Emerging Artist Award, Craft NSW, Sydney, Australia
2013 Australian Ceramics Association Award
2022 (scheduled) Watch This Space, Alice Springs, Australia
2021 (scheduled) Clayarch Gimhae Museum Residency, Gimhae, Republic of Korea
2020 Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios Residency, Sydney, Australia
2018 Hua Hin International Contemporary Art Residency Program, Bangkok, Thailand
2016 Taoxichuan International Studio Residency, Jingdezhen, China

Ceramic Art Avenue Art Gallery, Jingdezhen, China
Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Guray Museum, Avanos, Turkey
Gosford Regional Gallery, Australia
Private collections in Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and China

2021 Radio Interview, 29 March, 2SER107.3 Sydney
”Exhibition review”, Samuel Quinteros, Autumn 2021, Urasenke Sydney Quarterly
Interview, 26 March, Au Living
Interview, 20-26 March, VCT news/Vision Times
Flora Ephemera, 6-12 March, Vision Times Newspaper
2020 “Top 5 Exhibitions to See This Week”, 4 December, Art Guide Australia
“Interview #134 – Ruth Li”, Matt Chun, 27 April, Liminal Magazine
”Spring in Art Xinli Lichun Special Exhibition”, Wang Han Ping 王涵平, 13 January, Liberty Times 自由時報
“Lidao Hunchun Invites you to see festival in XinYing Cultural Centre”, 9 January, Tainan News
“2020 Lidao Hunchun New Year Special Exhibition”, Yan Dabao 顏大堡, 9 January, All News Taiwan
2019 Radio interview, Good News Media (FM90.9, FM90.3) [佳 音音電台], GoGo Radio (FM104.3), Taiwan
Televised interview, 9 Dec , DafengMedia [大大豐新聞]
“Unique Jingdezhen ceramics in Taiwan on view in Taipei”, Yolanda Hsu, 28 November, China Times
“Taiwanese-Australian ceramic artist uses ceramics to explore mortality’, Li Mei-Ying, 27 November, The Storm Media, Financial Times, TSSDNEWS, Pacific Daily, Miao-Jie News
“The erosion of an artwork reflects on life’s mortality. Ceramicist Ruth Ju-shih Li: people are constructed like clay”, Wang Xin-Hui, 27 Nov, Christian Daily (Taiwan)
“Florilegium –Ruth Ju-shih Li’s solo exhibition”, 25 October, November Issue, p. 16., New Taipei City Arts Magazine
“Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2019 review”, John McDonald, 12 September, Sydney Morning Herald
Artwork chosen for main promotional image Sydney Contemporary 2019, Artsy
“In Studio with Ruth Ju-shih Li”, Evelyne Schoenmann, Issue 4, New Ceramics: The European Ceramics Magazine 2019
2018 “The Sacred. The Sublime and the Self”, Stella Tan, Vol. 57, No. 1, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
2016 “MADE IN CHINA”, Caitlyn Hurley, Vol. 55, No. 3, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
“Women in Action: Pursuing a Dream”, May Issue, Pg 41, Woman of China Magazine
2014 “Exhibition review”, James Compton, Das platforms (Das SuperPaper) – 11-01-14

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