Li Manjin

I always believe that no matter what form of art, the "human" factor in a piece of work is the most important. Facing the mechanical and cold informatics society, traces of human existence are slowly disappearing, people even have to starve themselves to know they are still alive.

My work has always been pursuing the direct human spirit. No matter its a face, a landscape, I always want to tear away the surface "mask" and show the real living "human" world. Not purposely pursuing, but as if these things have inject themselves into my body and blood. Like an unknown force drove me to do so. I feel that as long as it came from the heart, even if we cannot interpret it, but as long as it surface, we should view it seriously. Regardless of how we give our creation to put on a coat, humanity is vice versa, works with human soul inside the viewer will feel it and will always be touch by them.

I like to use a self examination attitude to describe myself and the things around me, objects appears in my creation no matter is it a bird or a human, they are just my model. They will follow their internal feeling to act as different characters to portrait their internal feeling of uncertainties and stress, like a kind of metaphor. They are what my deepest feeling during that time; with some hope but also loss of hope, felt with conflict and mixed feelings, even those tinny brushstrokes help me to claim myself and allowing me to return to peace. There is a force that drive me to put all my life and passion onto my canvas and this is also why I choose painting over other mediums. Every strokes seem to have a life, it slowly melts into our bone marrow. From this point, I was deeply influence by Mei Huang, and Cezanne. Every brushstroke in their works seem like a silent speech, slowly melting and penetrating the canvas and later touches the viewers too. I am obsessed with this kind of expression, being touch by this vibrant type of life, as if it is the source of life. 

I like the fusion between the tip of the brush and heartbeat during painting, using small brush to continuously sculpture each other, not just to draw a piece of recognized face, but rather want to by continually painting to get close to the real life. I want to explore human most origin, most real and heartwarming things.




Born in Fujian, China.

Presently staying in Beijing, as full time professional artist.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


LONER    Solo Exhibition  Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art   Chongqing


The Intangbile Paradise--Limanjin solo exhibition Joyart Gallery  Beijing  China


LONER    Solo Exhibition  SIGNATURE Fine Arts Beijing Gallery   Beijing China


Li Manjin’s First Solo Exhibition in Singapore – Reaching for Meaning   Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions


MULTI DIMENSION ll Second Contemporary Art Exhibition    Riverside Art Museum   Beijing

“THE GOLDEN ROOSTER” Contemporary Group Exhibition  Yang Gallery   Beijing


Ark:IF Art Salon Opening Exhibition  QingDao     

ON PAPER SPACE    Bird’s Nest Culture Center     Beijing

ON PAPER-SUPREME    Ban Club     ShangHai

ON PAPER- SUPREME   The National Convention      ShangHai


BEIJING 798 art festival”Promotion Exhibition”yong artist’ exhibition “On the shelf” 798 roses in the name of art center   Beijing   China

Together On The Path—“Critical Traditionalism” Youth Exhibition  Ovation Art Space  Beijing


Brave New World      Naked eye   Beijing China

11+6-Rheology American-China exchange of contempopary art WangYiQiong Art Space    Beijing China


Korea-China exchange of contempopary art, Yuanzhou Paper Museum, Korea

ON PAPER- SUPREME, JiuCeng Art Center, Beijing China

Anti-GMO, Tang Conternporary Art Center, Beijing China  

Korea-China exchange of contempopary art, 508Gallery, Korea

The 115 artists self-portraits, Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Beijing China


Made in China Contemporary Chinese artists Luciano Benetton Collection  Via Marco Polo Milano            

CultureDesert-KUBUQI contemporary art exhibition KUBUQI Conternporary Art Center Neimeng                 China


Existence without immortality-Moden female artists exhibition The china millenniu contemporary art museum   Beijing China  

Art Archives Of the 80's Generation ( I )   SongzhuangMuseum  Beijing China

“Deconstruction and Style” Chinese contemporary art thirty people invitation exhibition

Manet Club Beijing   Beijing China

“Spring Chill” Exhibition of contemporary art LDX ConternporaryArt Center Beijing China 2011   "Oriental Artists Exhibition," San Francisco Cultural Arts Center     America

“MERRY-GO-ROUND” Chinese New Painting Awarg   TIMES ART MUSUEM    Beijing China


New wave of chinese contemporary art    California State University    American


“+(86)0102–10ContemporaryArtistGroupExhibition”Y2ARTSShowroom   Singapore


Living in Songzhuang Female Artist Exhibition”   Songzhuang Arts Museum   Beijing China

"Body And Heart"  798 Mulpa spaces    Beijing


“Rainbow Bay International Art Centre”, Opening Exhibition, Beijing China

“He”China and Foreign Countries Artists Group Exhibition, 1 Art base A-SPACE BeijingChina