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Zhi Li NEW YORK, New York

Becoming a professional artist has been Zhi Li’s dream since childhood. After graduating from an art and design university in Shangdong, China, she worked as a designer at an advertising agency, where she received a number of awards for her work. In 1998, Zhi says she moved to New York "to pursue the dream deeply rooted in my soul." She won a special grant to study oil painting at the Art Students League of New York. "I love painting still life - the concept, light, drama and beauty," she says. Her lush, blooming and often peak-ripe still lifes offer viewers a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature while also considering the fleetingness of the moment. Zhi continually focuses on accuracy, design, depth and drama in her art. She works from a studio on Riverside Boulevard in New York, overlooking the scenic Hudson River and Riverside Park.

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    About The Artist

    Becoming a professional artist has been Zhi Li’s dream since childhood. After graduating from an art and design university in Shangdong, China, she worked as a designer at an advertising agency, where she received a number of awards for her work. In 1998, Zhi says she moved to New York "to pursue the dream deeply rooted in my soul." She won a special grant to study oil painting at the Art Students League of New York. "I love painting still life - the concept, light, drama and beauty," she says. Her lush, blooming and often peak-ripe still lifes offer viewers a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature while also considering the fleetingness of the moment. Zhi continually focuses on accuracy, design, depth and drama in her art. She works from a studio on Riverside Boulevard in New York, overlooking the scenic Hudson River and Riverside Park.

    Artist Statement

    My work reflects an imagination that “feels” the joyfulness of still life and landscape from inside out. I admire the classical paintings of the Old Masters, though I am most inspired by Rembrandt and Sargent. Using chiaroscuro, painting not only with light and shadow but past and present. "Beauty is truth, truth is beauty." I believe it is important to paint what I see, I know and experienced. I feel a personal and deep connection to this rich, peaceful, energetic, and beautiful world. In the future, I would like to be an artist that makes my mark on the world and inspires others.

    Artist Background

    Shandong University of Arts
    Bachelor of Arts, 1988

    Art Students League

    Associate of Arts

    Hear What Collectors Say About Zhi's Work

    Zhi Li 12/17/2019 | 6:45 PM

    Thank you for loving my painting and for your patronage! I really appreciate it and your feedback. I'm sorry to disappoint you, and in the future I will improve on it and finish the edge with paint, so that it will be more professional. Happy Holidays!

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    J Miller purchased this artwork. 12/16/2019 | 12:48 PM

    The painting is beautiful and I love the way the light is captured. I was disappointed, however, to receive a painting with an edge that was “finished” with electrical tape.

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