Li Shurui was born in 1981 in Chongqing, China. She graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China, in 2004. Currently, she lives and works in Beijing and Dali in Western Yunnan province.
She explores in a wide range of media the relationship between space and light. She elaborates, “I try to use light and space to capture an atmosphere and state of mind in a way that leave people with a strong emotive impression rather than a concept or idea that must be dealt with logically.” (2015) In 2016, she received a New York Fellowship residency from the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), New York. Select permanent collections include: The Rubell Family Collection, Ullens Foundation, Domus Collection, LONG Museum, China and the DSL Collection.
Li Shurui is represented by White Space Beijing and has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, France and Spain. She has had a series of one-person exhibitions including LSR·Tenderest Affection, New Galerie, Paris; Light Extracts, Salt Project, Beijing (2018), and galleries in Hong Kong, South Korea and Spain. She has also participated in a series of group exhibitions such as in A World in a Grain of Sand: Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Geometries at the Fosun Foundation Collection, (2018), Atlantis, Sanya, China Nine Journeys Through Time at the Palazzo Reale, Milan (2018); In 2017, she participated in Constellation exhibition with one of her large paintings Rorschach Test No.1 at the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia and Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku in 2018 and Now: A Dialogue on Female Chinese Contemporary Artists at the Nottingham Contemporary, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Turner Contemporary in Margate in 2018.