Li Wen was born in Chongqing. He passed the entry exams at the Technical College of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and studied there for four years. He then proceeded to study at the China Academy of Art (Zhejiang Academy of Art) in the Oil Painting Department. One year later, he was offered a full scholarship to study in Russia, at the Moscow highest academy of crafts also known as the Stroganof Academy, and after obtaining his masters degree, he returned back to China to teach at the China Academy of Art in the Oil Painting Department for four years. In 2003, he set up the mural painting department. One year later, he had the chance to go to Prague as a visiting scholar to study at the Academy of Architecture and Design under the supervision of Professor Kopecky. This experience was a crucial turning point in his career and his introduction in the glass art field. By that time he had already started setting up a glass studio at the College of Public Art, a new campus of the China Academy of Art.
Education & Teaching Experience (Selection)
2015-Now Director, Craft Art Department, College of Craft Art, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
Head of Glass Art Programme, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
2014 Pilchuck School (Summer Class), Seattle, USA
2007-2015 Assistant director, Ceramics and Craft Art Department, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
Head of Glass Art Studio, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
2006 Appointed member of the Sculpture Council of Hangzhou, China
2006 Founded the glass art studio at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
2004 Visiting scholar at the College of Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic, under Professor Vladimir Kopecky’s supervision
2003 Established the mural painting department at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
2002 Senior lecturer and Deputy director, Public Art Department, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
1996-2002 Lecturer, Fine Arts, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
1989 Obtained a scholarship to study to the Soviet Union
1988 Studying at Oil Painting Department, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
1983-1987 Graduated from the Technical College of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, China
2018 in March, His works took part in the “light talk” 2018 China University glass art exhibition. And attend the seminar and speak.
2018 In January, He participated in the exhibition of Tao Xi River in Jingdezhen.
2018 May, He was curator and participated in the sixth “transparent philosophy” glass exhibition of Hangzhou Art Fair.
2017 in April ,His works took part in central and Eastern Europe glass art exhibition in Ningbo,
2017 May, He was curator and organizing seminars and participating in the fifth “transparent philosophy” exhibition of glass works of Hangzhou Art Fair.
2017 In November, He participated in the exhibition of “artisanal hand” handicraft art.
2017 November,He was curator for“container of light” 2017 Hangzhou contemporary international glass art exhibition.
2017 In December, He was curator for “compatible” 2017 in Sino Australia.
2016 His Design work “Misty South River” featured in the London Design Week Exhibition
2016 Chinese Contemporary Arts & Crafts Biennale, National Museum of China, Beijing, China
2015 Guest Speaker at the Ausglass Conference(with glass artwork featuring in the Ausglass International Glass Art Exhibition), Adelaide, Australia
2015 “Thorough Attitude:Li Wen Glass Art Exhibition”, Hangzhou Xi Xia Art, China
2014 “Breathing Through Transparence:International Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition”, China Academy of Art, Hang Zhou, China
2014 The 13th Zhejiang Fine Artwork Exhibition, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
2014 Chinese Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, Nantong 1895 Cultural and Creative Industrial Park, Nantong, China
2012 Art Shanghai 2012 – New Glass Art Exhibition, Shanghai, China
Curatorial Projects (Selection)
2013-2018 Served Six times as curator of Transparent Philosophy – Glass Art Exhibition, Hangzhou Art Festival
2014 Breathing Through Transparence: International Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
2011 Random Creation – China Academy of Art Exhibition of Glass Art, Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China
2013 Lifestyle and Art Prize – Jing Qi Lin Prize, China Interior Decoration Association, Display Committee
2011 “Five Sided Star” obtained the Zhejiang Province 5th Youth Artwork Exhibition (prize of excellence)
2013 Designed and created “The Dreamy Pond” large-scale glass art public art, Hangzhou West Lake Cultural Square
2013 Designed and created “Lotus Rhyme” large-scale glass art mural installation, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Terminal 3
2012, He was the director of the colored glass murals of Mount Jiuhua Buddhist Culture Park.
2011, Creation of “four Seasons Hang Zhou” large glass public art, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport terminal T2.
The main scientific research in the past three years:
In 2015, he was invited to the keynote speech and exhibition of Australia international glass art conforenc.
In 2016, the first prize was awarded “Zhejiang province teaching achievement award”
In 2016, he was awarded the “Research on the history of glass art in contemporary China” by the Ministry of culture.
Invited to attend the October 2017 URBAN GLASS international glass teaching seminar in New York
In December 2017, he was invited to participate in the Symposium on “Remaking reconstruction” at the Xi’an Academy of fine arts.
In April 2018, he was invited to participate in the Symposium on “Words of lignt” at the GuangZhou Academy of fine arts.
In June 2018, he was invited to hold a lecture at the Sichuan Academy of fine arts handcraft Academy.
In September 2018, he was invited to participate in the GEN Symposium in Japan Seto as member of the jury.
In November 2018, he was invited to participate in the Symposium on “Transboundary and fuse” at the ZhengZhou art museum.
In December 2018, he was invited to participate in the Symposium on “Ice and Fire” at the LuXun Academy of fine arts .