Li Ran

Li Ran’s practice ranges across multiple media from installation, performance and writing, to video and painting, with utilization of archival photos, staged photography, vocal mimicry, and sound performance. In recent years, he has been researching into stage art, make-up design, and the production of translated foreign films, in the context of modern China. Simultaneously, he has curated a collection of case studies of the 1930s, featuring the work of satirical cartoonists, leftist and romantic authors in a complex social background. These endeavors connect with the diverse circumstances of those “humble intellectuals” in present-day art industry, and serve as a rich and personal response from the artist.

Li Ran was born in Hubei, China in 1986. He moved from Beijing to Shanghai in 2018. He graduated with a BFA from the Oil Painting Department from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2009. In 2015, Li held a solo exhibition at OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Xi’an, China. His single-channel video work was screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London and The Jewish Museum, New York. He has exhibited in group shows at the Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, China (2023); By Art Metters, Hangzhou, China(2023); Duoland Museum of Mondern Art, Shanghai, China (2023);  Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing and Shanghai, China (2023, 2017, 2013); Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea (2022); He Art Museum, Shunde, China (2022); Sifang Museum, Nanjing, China (2021); OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China (2021, 2019, 2014, 2013); Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China (2020); HOW Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines (2016); OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China (2016, 2013, 2012, 2011); NTU Center For Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA), Singapore (2015); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA (2014); Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Germany (2013); basis door actuele kunst (BAK), Utrecht, Netherlands (2013); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston, USA (2012) and other venues. His works were featured in Montreal Biennale (2014); Biennale of Moving Images, Geneva (2014); 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014); 2nd CAFAM Biennial, Beijing (2014), 4th ‘Former West’ Project, Berlin (2013), 9th Gwangju Biennial (2012), and 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012). Li was awarded the ‘Best Artist Award’ at the Moscow International Youth Art Biennial in 2014 and was nominated for the ‘Future Generation Award’ by the Pinchuk Arts Center in 2017.



李然1986年出生于中国湖北,在2018年从北京迁居上海。他2009年本科毕业于四川美术学院油画系。2015年,李然于 OCAT 当代艺术中心的西安馆举办过个展。他的单频影像作品曾在纽约犹太美术馆、伦敦当代艺术学院等机构,及独立电影节和艺术节放映。李然的作品还曾在世界各地的艺术机构展出,包括大馆当代美术馆,香港,中国(2023);天目里美术馆,杭州,中国(2023);多伦美术馆,上海,中国(2023);尤伦斯当代艺术中心,北京、上海,中国 (2023,2017,2013);Art Sonje Center,首尔,韩国 (2022);和美术馆,顺德,中国 (2022);四方美术馆,南京,中国 (2021);OCAT 当代艺术中心 (上海馆),上海,中国 (2021,2019,2014,2013);中间美术馆,北京,中国 (2020);昊美术馆,上海,中国 (2019);蓬皮杜中心,巴黎,法国 (2017);当代艺术与设计美术馆,马尼拉,菲律宾 (2016);OCAT 当代艺术中心 (深圳馆),深圳,中国 (2016,2013,2012, 2011);新加坡 NTU 当代艺术中心 (2015);Wattis 当代艺术中心,旧金山,美国 (2014);世界文化宫,柏林,德国 (2013);BAK 艺术中心,乌德勒支,荷兰 (2013);休斯顿当代美术馆,休斯顿,美国 (2012) 等。他曾参加蒙特利尔双年展 (2014)、日内瓦动态影像双年展 (2014)、第四届莫斯科国际青年艺术双年展 (2014)、第二届 CAFAM 双年展 (2014)、第四次柏林“前西”项目 (2013)、第九届光州双年展 (2012),和第七届深圳雕塑双年展 (2012)。他在2014年莫斯科国际青年艺术双年展中获得“最佳艺术家奖”,并入围2017年平丘克艺术中心的“未来世代奖”提名。