Upon graduation from international relations and languages in Beijing, TianBing Li moved to Paris to further pursue his studies at the Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Beaux-Arts. The Guilin-born Chinese painter attempts to recapture and reimagine his own childhood, and to explore the social consequences of the most controversial and far-reaching policy China has decreed: the one-child rule.  


TianBing Li's artworks peer into China's progression through the years. From his earlier works that capture the mountains of the FuJian province, to his paintings depicting his childhood under China's 1970s Single Child Rule Policy, the artist provides a retrospective on the Chinese identity with his artistic technicalities and expressions of a western painter. TianBing Li’s more recent works show him moving away from his self-portraits which he has now become known for and explore the cataclysms and their eventual social impacts. 


Today, TianBing Li's artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, including the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Spain and Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.



Born in 1974 in Guilin, China.

Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.


Solo Exhibitions

2020     Lost Childhood, Parallel, JD Malat Gallery, London, UK

2020     Tianbing Li: A Selection of Recent Artworks, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

2019     Art Central, Hong Kong, China

              JD Malat Gallery, Urban Scene, London

2016     Introducing new exclusive works by Li Tianbing, ArtAndOnly, Geneva

2015     Journey of the Lone Monkey, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

2012     Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

              Layers of Time, Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zürich, Switzerland

2011     A Game as a Pretense of Being, Curated by Demetrio Paparoni,

              Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong, China

2010     Childhood Fantasy, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

2009     ADAA Show – L&M Arts Gallery, New York, USA

2008     Me and My Brother, L&M Arts Gallery, New York, USA

2007     Galerie Albert Benamou, France

              Galerie Loft, France

              Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen, France

2006     Beizitou, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

              Galerie Deborah Zafman, Paris, France

              Brand New Works, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, USA

2005     Musée de Gajac, Villeneuve, France

              Galerie Loft, Barcelona, Spain

              Galerie Loft, Paris, France

2004     Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris, France

              Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, USA

2002     Galerie Donzévansaanen, Lausanne, France

2000     Musée Marzelles, Marmande, France


Group Exhibitions

2020     The Contemporary Human Condition, JD Malat Gallery, London, UK

2019     Summer Exhibition, JD Malat Gallery, London, UK

2018     Absorption as a Way of Seeing, Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong, China

              “Sea of Desire", Fondation Carmignac, Ile de Porquerolles, France

              Made in Asia, Opera Gallery, New York, USA

2017     MICROCOSM/MACROCOSM, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong

2016     Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections,             

              Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern

              Us is them - the Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio

2015     “Who's afraid of picture”,  l'Ecole supérieure d'art et design de Grenoble,     


              Lumière: Seeing in New Light, Kashya Hildebrand, London

              Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unread - Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College 

              of Art and Design, Los Angeles

2014     Art International, Istanbul, Turkey

              20th Anniversary Show, Opera Gallery Singapore, Singapore

              “Mind-Beating”, China Millennium Monument - Contemporary Art             

              Museum, Beijing

              Flux - Collective Exhibition, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore

              Kashya Hildebrand Gallery at Art14 London, London, UK

2013     “Mind-Beating”, the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice

              Art Plural Gallery at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney, Australia

              Art Plural Gallery at Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

              Biennale d'Issy, Musee de la Carte a Jouer, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

2011     Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM)

2008     Art Basel Miami – L&M Arts

              Art Basel - L&M Arts

              Du vent dans les branches, Art Senat 2008, Paris

              Sport in art - Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2007     Musuem of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

              National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2006     Mickey dans tous ses etats, Artcurial, Hotel Dassault, Paris, France

2005     Nature Détournée – Institute of France, Munich

2004     Galerie Guislain Etat d'art, Paris, France

              Premier Prix Antoine Marin - Galerie Julio Gonzalez, Paris, France

              Arts et Justice – Galerie d’Art du Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhone,

              Aix-en Provence, France

2003     Biennale d'Issey (award of the Biennale), Issey-les-Moulineaux

              Pas n'importe ou, just à coté (painting award), Couvent des Cordeliers,

             Paris, France

2002     Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

              Biennale de la jeune création de Houilles, Ville de Houilles, France

              Salon de la jeune creation, Paris, France

1999     Académie des Beaux-arts, Institut de France, Paris, France

              Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik, Croatia

              Pavillon Mestrovic, Zagreb, Croatia

              Galerie Progres, Belgrade, Serbia