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Born in 1961 in Beijing. Graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London in 2007. Graduate of Sciences Po Paris [CEP Promo 86]. DEA in Political Philosophy from Paris Sorbonne 1991.
Since 2011, two major paintings of the artist decorate the reception room of the French Embassy in Beijing, alongside the works of Zao Wouki and Chu Teh Chun.
Ink and Mixed Media
Navigating between Asia and Europe for more than three decades, Li Chevalier has embarked on a journey of exploration of ink painting. She transforming her studio into a veritable “laboratory” of deconstruction and reconstruction. She strives to give birth to a new chapter in the thousand-year history of ink painting, in an innovative way. “Through different mental approaches, Li moves away from the stereotypes of oriental preciousness, which she transcends through her gestures, mixtures, eclecticism and pathos. “(Claudio Crescentini Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome).
She works on large or monumental canvas rather than rice paper, incorporating a textured surface (pigments, chips, minerals, sand, paper collage, and calligraphy). Li Chevalier has embarked on a quest to extend all the possible expressive powers of ink painting. She minimizes the use of brushes, magnifying the expressionist quality of the lyricism of water. She likes to explore the fluidity and subtlety of ink and wash, avoiding realistic representations without pushing her art to total abstraction. Li Chevalier adopts naturally curved forms rather than hard angles. The grey and fluid, transparent, waterfall-like strokes, both controlled and uncontrollable, can be seen as a metaphorical language of fate.
Li Chevalier : Musical passion
At the age of 15, Li Chevalier joined the Chinese army’s opera troupe to be trained in singing and music remains her life’s passion. She was recruited by A. Oldham as a soprano in the choir of the Orchestre de Paris. She performed regularly under the direction of Semyon Bychkov.
The artist has been collaborating with the soloists of the Opéra National de Paris for 20 years. On July 3, 2013, the National Opera of China (NCPA) presents its monumental installation “Cantabile per archi” with the musical assistance of the National Symphony Orchestra of China, conducted by Philippe Jordan. This installation was modified and adapted to the site of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome in 2017. In 2018 Li Chevalier performs a musical collaboration with Karol Beffa at the Siena Museum Complex in Italy.
Major group exhibitions
Art Basel Miami, Tefaf New York and Tefaf Mastrichte, Art Paris 2017-2021, National bibliothèque of China, Shanghai Art Fair, Venice Mostra, Unesco Paris, Doland Museum of Shanghai, Zhongzheng Memorial of Taiwan, Contemporary Art Museum Of Pekin, Institut Bernard Magrez Bordeaux, Gallery of Columbia University- USA, Corean Cultural Center, Gallery New Age 798 Art Zone- Pekin, Astley Museum- Sweeden, Beaux-Arts Academy of Petersbourg.
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