Max Li arrived in the US from mainland China as a 10th grader. He received his BFA from the University of California, Irvine. In spring 2021, he received his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Chicago. He currently makes work in Chicago, IL.

Artist Statement:

Driven by his curiosity in the Paradoxical Point of View, Max Li deploys an interdisciplinary practice with calligraphy, storytelling and cameras, to make portraitures of encounters that take place in both physical and psychological landscapes.

From his interaction with others and himself, Max harvests language as raw material for an evolving framework that produces metaphors of deep mental movements. By doing so he inquires the taming mechanism of contemplation, confession, prayer, spirituality and reflexivity, considering and reconsidering means of maneuvering the self through terrains of reality.