Born October in 1965, Shanghai, China. Currently the Deputy Director of China Art Museum, Shanghai and a Professor at Tongji University, Li Lei was also previously the Executive Director of Shanghai Art Museum and Executive President of Shanghai Oil Painting &Sculpture Institute. Li Lei embarked on the practice and research of Chinese Abstract Art from 1996, striving to combine the essence of Chinese culture with an international abstract art visual language, and develop a new proposal for Chinese abstract art. His main works include the series Dhyana Flower, Jiang Nan (Memories of South), Drunken Lake, Shanghai Flower, and Flame of Pompeii. He has held solo exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China, and has also exhibited widely in America, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. Li Lei was immersed in the study and practice of abstract art in a long time. And he was able to interpret and express the core concepts of Chinese culture through the language of abstract art. Equally knowledgeable about Chinese philosophy and Abstract Art of the West, the artist’s creative journey has led him to concentrate on an Abstract Art of the East. Li Lei’s abstract art is deeply imbued with poetry and lyricism and his approach is multi-sensory and interdisciplinary. Li Lei has also been the founder, and organizer of several major art projects, including the Shanghai Youth Biennale, the annual fair ART Shanghai, the biennial Shanghai Abstract Art Show, and also presided over the organization of Shanghai Biennale. Publications include Shanghai Oil Painting Masters: Li Lei ; Contemporary Artists of China---Li Lei: Poetic Abstract ; Contemporary Artists of China Today---Li Lei: the Far Away and the Serene ; Li Lei---Chinese Abstractionist ; and Shanghai Flower/Li Lei .