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Jan 17, 2013 |

Asian Functionalist Tie Li

Tie Li Poster

Art & Music at the Angry Pigeon.  February 7th 4 pm & 7pm.  A First Thursday gallery opening for painter Tie Li.  Poetry and music by David Wagstaff.  Original music by the Sailing Stones.

The Cultural Journey of Tie Li

Born on the eve of the Cultural Revolution in Beijing, China Tie Li studied at Beijing Children’s Palace and later at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.At the age of 19, he set off on a road trip to the rural China, to teach himself wood block carving and printing while living with farmers living in cave houses in the dry north central hinterland.
In 1978, when China “opened up to the West,” he was deeply influenced by the by the new avant garde in China. Tie Li and other artists often had their exhibitions shut down in those early years of reform.
Tie Li moved to the United States in 1987.He describes his work since as a study in what it truly means to be Chinese. Cross-cultural influences are strong within his work. Some pieces have a strong Americana feel; others are distinctly Chinese, while still others possess a dynamic combination of the two.


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