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Li Huayi fuses a traditional Chinese painting style with modern American abstraction to create ethereal, misty landscapes. Trained as a painter from a young age, Li was forced into a “worker artist” job during the Cultural Revolution before relocating to San Francisco, where the dramatic scenery of trees, rivers, and cliffs would inspire his distinguished style. Li draws a parallel between Chinese painting—and the underlying “chi” energy that informs its marks and compositions—and Abstract Expressionism, channeling both in his dynamic abstraction-verging arrangements and bold areas of light and dark.

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