Li Wei-han Rosanna

Hong Kong

Introduction

Rosanna Li Wei-han is a Hong Kong ceramicist and design educator, well known for her "signature ceramic fat ladies" sculptures having a certain rustic charm. Depicting the sense of contentment and vitality of simple folk, her works are often filled with wit and humour, reflecting her keen observation and sensitivity to people and events in the community.


Li studied ceramics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, and then pursued her undergraduate studies in Art Education at the University of Liverpool. She later earned a Diploma in Art Education from the University of London Institute of Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Management from the Cheltenham & Gloucester College and a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Lingnan University. From 1990 to 2010 she taught at the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and worked there as a visiting lecturer from 2010-2016. In 2016, she was a participant of the Shigaraki Cultural Ceramics Park Artist-in-Residence Programme of Shigaraki, Japan.

 

She is a Museum Expert Advisor of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and a founding member and former chairperson of the Contemporary Ceramics Society (HK). Since 1983, Li has held 15 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 170 group exhibitions. Her works are widely exhibited in Hong Kong, Macau, and the Mainland (including Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Jingdezhen, Hangzhou, Foshan, and Guangzhou), and overseas (including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, Australia, Canada, USA, France, and UK). Her work can be found in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Guangdong Museum of Art, the Shiwan Ceramic Museum, the Zhejiang Museum of Art, and the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum. Among Li’s many awards are the 1985 Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Art Award in Ceramics; the 1999 Sculptor of the Year Award; the 2005 Commendation Medal for Achievements in the Promotion of Arts and Culture from the Secretary for Home Affairs; and the 2013 Hong Kong Federation of Women “Hong Kong Women of Excellence in the Six Arts Award” in Visual Arts (Sculpture/Ceramics). She was a finalist of the 2016 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Competition.


Biography

1980-1990 Higher Certificate in Studio Ceramic, HK Polytechnic

(Post-grad) Diploma in Art Education, University of London Institution of Education, UK

B.Ed., University of Liverpool, UK

MA in Educational Management, Gloucester and Cheltenham College of Higher Education, UK

MA in Cultural Studies, Lingnam University, HK

1990-2010       Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Expert Museum Adviser (Hong Kong Art), Leisure and Cultural Services Department 
Founding member and former Chair-person, Contemporary Ceramic Society 

2010-2016       Part-time visiting lecturer, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Member, Art Museum Advisory Panel, Leisure and Cultural Services Department 



Selected Exhibitions

2018-2019  “Hello!” in “Claylaboration – Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition”, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong

2019-2020  “Beyond” in “Classics Remix – The Hong Kong Viewpoint”, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

Selected Public Art

2005  MTR - People Passing By, People Lazing By, MTR Yau Tong Station; commissioned by the Hong Kong MTR Corporation

2014 Heaven, Earth and Man - A Hong Kong Art Exhibition: Happy Folks I & II, Art Square/Salisbury Garden; commissioned by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department

2015  Triple Happiness – 3 couples, Lee Tung Avenue, commissioned work

Selected Awards

1985 Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Art Award (Ceramics)

1999 Artist of the Year (Sculpture), awarded by the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild

2000 Silver Award in Ceramics, Guangdong Museum of Art

2013 "Hong Kong Women of Excellence in the Six Arts" Award, (Visual Arts - Sculpture/Ceramics), awarded by the Hong Kong Federation of Women

2005 Secretary for Home Affairs Commendation Medal (Achievements in thePromotion of Arts and Culture), Home Affairs Bureau

2016 Finalist, Asian Art Prize, Sovereign Art Foundation

Selected Public Collections

Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Shiwan Ceramic Museum, Foshan, China
Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong