Los Angeles based artist Ni Li has founded her artistic career on transforming the ancient art of calligraphy. Having grown up in China, she began learning about calligraphy and classic Chinese prose at a very young age, Li continues to find inspiration in her native culture as well as contemporary style, technique and life in Los Angeles. Li has created an exciting new life for this ancient art form by merging traditional texts and poems with modern images for an innovative, artistic expression that has attracted collectors, enthusiasts and galleries around the world. Here, Li tells JustLuxe about the historic importance of her art and her path of contemporary expression.
A few years ago, Ni Li was a talk show host and columnist for China’s biggest media network - SMG. Today, she lives in Los Angeles and is making her bold new mark as a contemporary mixed media artist, specializing in calligraphy. And she is capturing the international stage. Not only has she mastered the traditionally male dominated art form, she has made it her mission to bring it back with a fresh, modern technique. Ni Li’s East meets West innovations of calligraphy have not only been revolutionized with a feminist approach, but have revealed the possibilities of this ancient art. Needless to say, Ni Li’s work-- sometimes utilizing skateboards, models and car-hoods as a canvas-- are reaching an international audience.
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