Li Shan is a Chinese contemporary artist and a pioneer of BioArt. He was born in Lanxi. Li studied at Shanghai Theater Academy in 1964. He taught at the college of Shanghai Theater Academy after graduation and retired in 2002. Now he lives in Shanghai and New York. In the 1960s, Li Shan started to engage in contemporary art.
Li Shan was also one of the main participants in the Chinese ‘85s New Wave Art Movement. In 1993, Li began investigations on life science through his art. Based on molecular biology, he completed the first-ever BioArt project Reading at the genetic level in 1998 and published the article The Story of Fish and Butterfly in 2002.
Selected exhibitions: Li Shan: Decoding, ShanghART, Shanghai (2019); Li Shan, PSA Collection Series-Li Shan, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2017); Extension Expansion, MoCA@Loewen, Singapore (2014); Reading Li Shan, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan (2012); The Pumpkin Project, Li Shan & Zhang Peijie Bio-Art Exhibition, ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai (2007); Li Shan-Small New Works, ShanghART Fuxing Park, Shanghai (2004); Li Shan: Thou Are Not the Fish, A room with a view, Shanghai (2001); Li Shan solo Exhibition, Shanghai Academy of Drama, Shanghai (1990).
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