Li Hongbo

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 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 into this block with an electronic saw to create a form that can be outstretched like an accordion, transforming the work into something completely different.

Li Hongbo has been the subject of major exhibitions inducing a recent solo show ‘Irons for Ages, Flowers for Days' at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah. Other solo exhibitions include ‘Li Hongbo - Out of Paper' Kunstverein Ludwigsburg and ‘The World - Li Hongbo New Works Exhibition,' Found Museum, Beijing. In 2012 Li Hongbo's ‘Ocean of Flowers' was exhibited as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney's on Cockatoo Island. 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, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and Found Museum, Beijing. Dominik Mersch Gallery presented in 2012 his first solo exhibition in Australia, investigating the circle of life, from birth to death.




Born in Jilin, China


Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Department of Jilin Normal University, Jilin, China


Master of Fine Art, Folk Art Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China


Master of Fine Art, Experimental Art Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Lives and works in Beijing, China

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Textbooks, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA


Li Hongbo: Tools of Study, Klein Sun Gallery, New York, USA

Shadow of Knives, Contemporary by Angela Li, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


Li Hongbo - Out of Paper, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany


Pure White Paper, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Australia.

A Tree Mizuma & One Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Self, Schoeni Art Gallery, Beijing, China


The World - Li Hongbo New Works Exhibition, Found Museum, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions


The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2014, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China

On Paper Supreme 2016, National Exhibition Center 2H Museum, Shanghai, China

TRANS-DESIGN 2016 Shanghai Art & Design, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China

Echo of Civilization Crossing Dunhuang, Imperial Ancestral Temple Museum of Art, Beijing, China

Dunhuang - Song of Living Beings, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

"Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China ," Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL

"Summer Group Show," Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong

"KNOCK ON WOOD," Magda Danysz Galleries, Paris, France

"From the Peony Pavilion," Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

"Mostra Internazionale di Architettura," Palazzo Zen, Church Santa Caterina, Venice, Italy 

"New Creatures," OCT Art & Design Gallery, Hua Museum, Shenzhen, China

TAKE ME OUT, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China

"Truth," Madgda Danysz Gallereies, Shanghai, China

"All rivers run to the sea, one thousand cliffs stand tall - the songzhuang artistic spirit as a community of values," Eastern District Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, China


River Festival, Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore

CODA Paper Art, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

TA Era, Times Art Museum, Beijing, China

Forever Young, Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Taichung, Taiwan

Metaplasia - La China Ardente: Monumental Contemporary Sculptures, Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium

Wiedergeburt der Unsterblichkeit-Zeitgenössische Kunt aus China, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels, Austria

FLOW_1: Italian and Chinese Contemporary Art in Dialogue, Palladian Basilica, Vicenza, Italy

Artisan & Craftsmanship 4: Exhibition on Installation Art, Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China


Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, USA

Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Story Tree, ACM Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, USA

Stacked & Folded paper as Sculpture, The Dennos Museum, Traverse City, USA

The 12th National Exhibition of Experimental Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Experimental Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China

Re-Modernization: The 3rd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Chinese Pose: The 3rd China Sculpture Exhibition, Shangdong Art Museum, Shangdong, China

"Paper - Existence," Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin, China
"Chinese Contemporary Youth Sculpture Exhibition," Chinese Sculpture Institute Arts Department in Luodai, Chengdu, China

"Encountering: New Art on the Silk Road," Xinjiang Biennale," Urumqi, China


CODA Paper Art 2013, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn

"PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material," Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, USA

Hot Pot: A Taste of Chinese Contemporary Art, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, USA

Transformation - A Perspective of Contemporary Art, 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Freeze Frame Moments - 2013 Young Artist Invitational Exhibition, Nan Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

Insightful Charisma, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

Tan Wei Guan Zhi, Wu Niu Visual and Packing Institute Visual Arts Museum, Chengdu, China

Art Sanya, The Forbidden City at Yalong Bay, Hainan, China

Shenzhen Chinese Ink Painting Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Datong 2nd International Sculpture Biennial, He Yang Museum, Datong, Shanxi, China

Evolution - Imagery, Jingren Paperlogue & Artron, Beijing, China

"Confronting Anitya," Palazzo Michiel, Venice, Italy


All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia

Research Exhibition on Post-70's Generation Artists Jianghan Star Plan, Wu Han Art Museum, Wu Han, China

The Start of a Long Journey: The Collection of Excellent Graduate Works from The Central Academy of Fine Arts (2009 - 2011), Art @ Golden Square, London, UK

1st Xinjiang Biennale, Xinjiang International Exposition Centre, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China

"Ctrl + N: Non-Linear Practice," Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea

"Material  Object," Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY


Start from the Horizon: Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Since 1978, Sishang Art Museum, Beijing, China

Material - Object, EK Projects, Beijing, China

Experimental Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China


The Big Bang, White Rabbit Collection, Sydney

Journey of a Thousand Miles, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China

Object Energy, Found Museum, Beijing, China

Tien Kung Kai Wu, Deshan Art Space, Beijing, China

I'm on the Road to..., Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, China


The Desire for Material Welfare & No Wants, Jin Du Art Center, Beijing, China

Shared Time and Space, K Space, Beijing, China