李焕民 (Li Huanmin)
b. 1930, Beijing
Li Huanmin is one of the most established printmakers in China today. His artistic career has been influenced over the years by the turbulent events of China's recent history which has in turn left an impression on the development of his works.
From very early on Li Huanmin has been drawn to the life of the Tibetan people, visiting more than twenty times with each trip lasting between two months to over a year. Most notably, his works Tibetan Girl (1959) and The Golden Road (1963) have won global recognition, the former artwork receiving a gold medal in Japan and the latter, a UNESCO prize. Perhaps what makes each of Li Huanmin's prints so engaging is that each one tells a specific story, information gathered during his time spent with the Tibetan people, observing and also joining in with their customs.
In more recent years however, his work has taken on a new direction. Li Huanmin's compositions have adopted a more spiritual and contemplative atmosphere further enhanced by his decision to produce monochromes. In his opinion, the natural qualities of the woodblock and details of the carving are at their best when paired with monochrome ink.