Chen Li is a Chinese contemporary artist. He studied formal calligraphy with international calligraphy masters from 1994 to 2005 and intaglio engraving in 2003 in Urbino and at the Accademia Albertina in Turin. He graduated in Turin at the Polytechnic in 1998. International artistic residencies in Mongolia, Holland, Finland, United States, Germany, France, Romania, Italy.
He has exhibited his work on numerous occasions both in Italy (2018 and 2017 Fondazione Prada, 2015 The steam factory, Milan; 2010 Triennale Bovisa, Milan, 2015, Immagina arte fiera, Reggio Emilia), and abroad, in Mongolia in the 2019, in France in 2019, 2016, 2015 and 2014, in the Netherlands 2009, 2010, 2011; in the United States, Boston in 2009; in Germany in 2011, 2012, 2013; in Finland in 2010.
In 2017 and 2018 she was invited by the Prada Foundation to design a cycle of workshops on the sign (2017) and on writing-image (2018) for the Children’s Academy. These projects represent all of Chen Li’s twenty-year experience in experimenting with the sign and the approach to writing and its teaching to both adults and children.
Chen Li is also the author of the opening credits of the Oscar-winning film “Call me by your name” by Luca Guadagnino.
Chen Li’s artistic research mainly concerns the sign and writing, but sometimes this sign becomes matter, installation, photography, relational art, means and end.