ARX LEE (LI CHAOXIONG)

Presentation

LCX-PORTRAIT

Born in 1978 in Guangzhou, China,

Living in Guangzhou, China.

 

Biography

In research of the meaning of life, Li Chaoxiong(Arx Lee), a genius illustrator, creates gradually the different poetic universes where the heroes and dreamers live.

Li Chaoxiong, alias ARXLEE, is a Chinese artist who was born in 1978 in Zhongshan, Canton. At the end of 1990s, he begun to present his early works in the group exhibitions in Canton, Beijing and Japon(5th International Art Exhibition of Academy in 1997). Hence, he enrolled in Guangzhou Fine Art School and got his diploma in 2002.

He is as well the author of two poetic and introspective graphic novels: Bilibi in early 2000s and Buda-Pest in 2010, and the last one was the edition published in three languages and the theme of an exhibition at the Galerie Loft, Paris.

Since his childhood, artist has immersed in the world of superheroes, cartoons and illustrations. Developing his style in different artistic disciplines, such as painting, illustration, design, sculpture and photography, Li has gradually found his own language and mastered the codes of literary narration and of plastic and digital composition. Without doubt, his unique painting style is representative in China in the young generation.

“ I grew up with the cartoons which is until one of my favorite readings, and used to dream to be the hero in the cartoons. I prefer the oil painting because this technique perfectly conformes to my way of creation filling with details. Like a child, I love to speak out myself. If I has the feeling that can’t be expressed by brush, then I uses pencil instead to write it out. When I started a series, I’ve already had the frameworks in my head, the story came with painting.”

In order to better express his emotion, Li Chaoxiong made all his most private reflections pervaded in his works and the roles he created. His soul is materialised in his works by following paths of heroes who stand for his personality.

At the very beginning, it was “Bilibi”, brave, generous, smiley and even a little bit clumsy, who traveled around the world and the planets with carefree lifestyle. Then “Buda”, an amnesiac lunar puppet and mad of love for his significant other “Pest” who herself lost on the other side of a breakdown world.  For Buda, the nostalgia and naivety predominated, as well as the softness and contemplation, in a world where everything needs to be rebuilt.

“Bumi” in succession, a little soft astronaut and a dreamer, symbolises an attachement to the world of childhood that we refuse to lose.  This is a new projet on which l’artist has worked for years.Tireless worker and also traveler, Bumi is maturer than Bilibi and less anguished than Buda. It always seems to know where he hankers for but without a destination, like drifting in an endless dream. By exploring the universe beyond the confined world, Bumi (“Bumi” means “the land” in Sanscrite ), like a Buddhist monk, always moves forward to a world in constant evolution. Closing eyes, he learns to communicate with the others by listening their feelings and his own heart rather than by seeing,  which is easily to be distracted or corrupted.

In his works, Li Chaoxiong unfolds before our eyes a journey, a metaphor for life as a travel that the destination is less important than the path we took. With the image of serenity that Bumi exudes, artist invites us to contemplate his adventures and to listen to our hearts.

Exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS

2017

FANTASTIQUES - Collective exhibition with Philippe DRUILLET, Galerie LOFT, Paris, France

2016

CIGE2016 Projet d’artiste, Pékin, China

Solo show, K Projects, Pékin, China

2015

Microcosm Exhibition Project Chapter One, Foshan, China

2014

Art Stage Singapore,Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
Art Beijing 2014, Beijing Agriculture Exhibition Centre ,China

2013

Art Beijing 2013, Beijing Agriculture Exhibition Centre ,China
Reloaded - Solo Exhibition, Wilber Gallery, Guangzhou, China
Freeze Frame 21 Moments - Group Exhibition, South Art Museum, Guangzhou, China

2012

Lights up the Hope -  Solo Exhibition, Gallery of the Red Brick Museum, Beijing, China
Light up the Hope - Solo Exhibition, Galerie Seguela, Guangzhou, China
CIGE 2012, China World Trade Center, Beijing, China
Wisdom of Cartoon -Solo Exhibition, Wilber Gallery, Guangzhou, China

2011
Infinitely Close to the Front - A Contemporary Art Exhibition of "Death”, Group Exhibition,Guangdong Museum of Art,Guangzhou China
BRAFA, Bruxelles, Belgium

2010

Budapest, Galerie Loft, Paris, France
Buda Pest - Solo Exhibition, Wilber Gallery & MUMA space, Guangzhou China

2009

Happy Together - Group Exhibition, Galerie Seguela, Guangzhou China

2008

Li Chaoxiong Solo Exhibition, Star Gallery, Beijing, China
Buda Pest Illustration Show, MUMA, Guangzhou, China

2007

From the Center - Group Exhibition, 789 Art District, Beijing China

2006

Superhero - Group Exhibition, Ruyi Gallery, Guangzhou China2001

Looking for Li Chaoxiong, Guangdong Academy of Art, Guangzhou, China

 


PUBLICATIONS

2013

ARX LEE, LI CHAO XIONG : Dreamer Is Beautiful

2012

ARX LEE, Oil Paintings Of 'Buda Pest' Series

2010

Buda - Pest , Story book

2005

Comic, City of love - series 1, "Happiness at That Time"

Comic, City of love - series 2, "Xiao Xue"

 


Presse

li chaoxiong - Art Actuel