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Jinyu Li's Art

Jinyu Li

Artist's Statement

I use my own creativity to express the essence of China’s history and culture. I traverse a historical period of art in an attempt to extricate from it its essential cultural elements. These cultural elements become the standard to which I create my own works of art. I do not, however, confine my artistic expressions to historical events alone. I instead use these cultural elements gained from historical research to also express significant events in contemporary society.

I show the similarities between contemporary culture and historical culture and connect the two; I show that historical culture has a place in contemporary society. I use my artistic creations, therefore, to depict the inner and spiritual meaning of an event, to display the meaning that exists outside of its relationship to time. 

I do this in the hope of leaving my understanding of these cultural elements for the future that will have them in an effort to help society hold on to those enigmatic timeless qualities that ultimately, yet imperceptibly, define who we are as people.
Jinyu Li artwok Meditation of Falun DaFa Exercise (1)

The Vision

Recording the most important event of the 21st century.

The spreading of Falun Dafa is the greatest occurance of the Twenty-first century. As an artist, Jinyu Li hopes to capture this glorious event with her own brush. Jinyu Li describes the benefits of Falun Dafa from three perspectives:

(A) Falun Dafa embodies the spirit and the connotation of five thousand years of the grandiose Chinese civilization

(B) The effect of Falun Dafa on people is the improvment of mental and physical health. The practice of Falun Dafa leads one to follow the laws of universe: “truthfulness, compassion and forbearance”

(C) throughout the twenty years of brutal persecution by the Chinese Communist Party, Falun Dafa practitioners have consistently adhered to and achieved peaceful and rational means to counter the persecution, a first in human history.

 Please refer to:www.faluninfo.net,                                         

Chinese Painting and Traditional Culture

Three Friends in Cold Season

In the cold wind, the plum, bamboo, and pine stay together against the snow and ice with a smile. When all flowers wither, the plum blossoms scent; when all trees wither, the pines and bamboo stay evergreen. This painting of the three friends depicts the heart of the disposition and charisma of three friends, who are unyielding in times of hardship, and stand proudly against harsh environments.

The Peacock

Peacock is a heavenly bird, a bird of paradise. An ancient poem says, “Flying peacock and jade phoenix coming down to the mortal world.” It says that peacocks came from heaven down to this mortal world.

Peony & Bamboo

The inscription on this bamboo painting reads, 'Since ancient times, scholars used bamboo as a metaphor for themselves because of its purity and honesty, and bamboo is a symbol of human moral character.' What does it mean? Chinese culture expresses philosophy in the form of poetry and paintings. The bamboo tube is straight, symbolizing integrity; bamboo has joints, which means moral integrity.

Bamboo

The inscription on this bamboo painting reads, 'Since ancient times, scholars used bamboo as a metaphor for themselves because of its purity and honesty, and bamboo is a symbol of human moral character.' What does it mean? Chinese culture expresses philosophy in the form of poetry and paintings. The bamboo tube is straight, symbolizing integrity; bamboo has joints, which means moral integrity.

Lotus Heart to the Sky

Green leaves waving in a fresh breeze, while the lotus core keeps upward." Since ancient times, the lotus flower has been praised as an upright person, who still keeps himself clean from dirt. Lotus flower grows out of the mud but does not get stained, meaning that it grows in the mud but remains pure, symbolizing that in a chaotic social environment, a person can still keep his or her mind noble and does not fall into vulgarity.

Showcasing at

The 2020 Southeast Queens Biennial

These art pieces were selected to be displayed at the The 2020 Southeast Queens Biennial in NYC.

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