Li Dezhuang



Born in Singapore, and currently based in Shanghai. Graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He is a Strategic Manager in logistics and elected Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, UK. Also an art critic and a columnist for a leading Singapore Chinese newspaper. Currently a columnist for a well- known regional business journal “ Fortune Times”. He was also trained as a professional drama performance artist and television drama scriptwriter in the early 1980s. In the late 1980s, he travelled to New York and one of his collector friend in Los Angeles arranged for him to meet Mrs. Selma Amur Heringman, a close friend of Pablo Picasso. Through Mrs. Heringman Li met Mrs. Kazuko Hillyer, a renowned curator and Director of Hillyer International Inc. In 1989, Mrs. Hillyer organized a two men show for Li together with another artist from Mainland China. At the opening of the exhibition, Li met Mr. Fong Chow, a former curator and Head of Oriental Art Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Fong brought Li to visit all the important museums in New York and they became close friends for many years until Mr. Fong’s demise three years ago. On the whole, we can conclude that all these important personalities in the art circle in New York City have strongly influenced the direction of Li‘s painting career, especially resulting in his affinity with Abstract Expressionism. In early 2001, Li returned from New York and decided to live and work in Xiamen. He subsequently moved to Shanghai. In recent years, Li has set up his studio in Zhejiang. Over the years, he has won several awards in Singapore and the United States. His works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions around the world, including in the United States, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. He has participated in over 30 group exhibitions and has held over ten solo exhibitions. His works have been collected by the Istana (the office and residence of the Singapore President), National Gallery Singapore, National Library Singapore,many leading banks in Singapore and individual collectors in Mainland China, Europe, and Saudi Arabia. His most recent exhibition was in Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais in 2013 where he was represented by Jeans Bastien Gallery (Brussels).

Awards and Honours

1995 Winner of Dr. Tan Tze Chor Art Award, Singapore 

1988 Awarded Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement from I. a. C International Art Competition, New York

1987 Winner of Ministry of Communication and Information Outstanding Art Award, Singapore 

1987 Awarded Certificate of Participation in National Museum Centenary Exhibition and for contributions to the development of Singapore Art presented by Ministry of Community Development and Singapore Arts Council 

1984 Awarded Runner-up prize, UOB “Painting of the Year Art Competition”, Singapore 

1981 Winner of Ministry of Culture Special Art Award, National Day Art Exhibition, Singapore 


Solo Exhibitions 

  • Xiamen University Art Museum, China
  • City Hall Gallery, Hong Kong  
  • Merchant Court Hotel, Bangkok 
  • Kwang Hua Information and Cultural Centre, Hong Kong   
  • Hyai Ern Art Gallery, Taipei  
  • Sir Run Run Shaw Hall, Chinese University of Hong Kong  
  • National Library Art Gallery, Taipei  
  • National Gallery, Singapore  
  • Lone Pine Art Gallery, Singapore  
  • Metropolitan Bank Head Office, Bangkok  
  • Hilton Hotel, Singapore  

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2013
  • Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, Jeans Bastien Gallery, Brussels 
  • 2012
  • Contemporary Chinese Artists Exhibition, Jeans Bastien Gallery, Brussels  
  • 2007
  • Summer Festival of New Ink Art, Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong 
  • 2006
  • Seven Men Abstract Chinese Paintings Exhibition, Xiamen Cultural Center   
  • China National Day Art Exhibition, Fuzhou Art Museum, Fujian   
  • 2000
  • Three-man Show, King Road Art Gallery, London 
  • Asian Invitation Art Exhibition, Culture Research Institute, Seoul  
  • 1990
  • Urban Artists, National Gallery, Singapore  
  • 1993
  • Asian International Art Exhibition, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Japan  
  • Asian International Art Exhibition, Tagawa City Art Museum, Japan  
  • 1995
  • Asian International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Singapore  
  • 1989
  • Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Gallery International 57, New York 
  • International Group Show, Contemporary Paintings, Tropen Art Museum, Amsterdam   
  • 1988
  • International Group Show, Gallery International 52, New York 
  • International Group Show, Taiwan Museum of Arts, Taichung   
  • 1987
  • National Museum Centenary Art Exhibition, National Gallery, Singapore  
  • 1986
  • International Group Show, Salon Des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris
  • 1982
  • Five-man show First young artist exhibition, National Gallery, Singapore 
  • 1980
  • National Day Art Exhibition, National Gallery, Singapore 
  • 1978
  • Art 1978, National Gallery, Singapore  
  • 1969
  • Local Artist Art Exhibition, Singapore Polytechnic Exhibition Hall          


Selected Press Reports and Publications 

  • Published the book “My Journey” based on 30 years of artistic life experiences
  • Featured in an art history publication “Beyond the Babel”, documenting important Chinese artists since 18th century       
  • “Famed Chinese Artist on Show” Bangkok Post, Wednesday, May 23, a leading English newspaper in Bangkok 
  • Dagongbao – ‮$‬j‮$=٣‬گ October 4, a leading Chinese newspaper in China and Hong Kong  
  • Yazhou Zhoukan – ‮(‬ب،w‮)‬P٪Z June 16-June 22, a  world-leading Chinese journal  
  • “Home grown art” Singapore Business Times weekend edition July 18  
  • “Art News” Summer issue, a leading international art publication in New York  
  • The Straits Times “New York’s I .a. C International Art Award” January 26  
  • “Singapore Artist Speaks” a major art publication featuring top sixty Singaporean artists  
  • The Straits Times “Artist by The Water Margin”, November 7, a leading English newspaper, Singapore 
  • Sin Chew Jit Poh Sunday Supplement, 23 August, a leading Chinese newspaper, Singapore 
  • Sin Chew Jit Poh Sunday Supplement, 23 March, a leading Chinese newspaper, Singapore  
  • “Again, only a handful dared to be different” New Nation, Thursday, 28 August, a Singapore newspaper 


Selected Commissioned Works   

1991 “Progress” presented to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister, The Republic of Singapore  

1987 “The Port that Never Sleeps” presented to Mr. Ong Teng Cheong, former President, The Republic of Singapore  

1985 Commissioned to paint 12 paintings for the Port of Singapore Authority Calendar 

1996 “Beyond the Horizon” presented to Mr. Zhang Rou Fa, Chairman, Evergreen Marine Cooperation, Taipei  

1997 “Ushering the Giant” presented to Mr. Ong Teng Cheong, former President, The Republic of Singapore  

1997 “Water Margin” presented to Mr. Zheng Zhongbiao, President, China Ocean Shipping Group, Beijing  

2007 “Yellow River” presented to Mr. Xu Kuangchun, Party Secretary, Zhengzhou   

2007 “The Red Flag Canal” presented to Mr. Juan Yuandong, Party Secretary, Anyang  


Selected Private and Permanent Collection

The Istana, Republic of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, National Library, Singapore, DBS Bank, Singapore, UOB Group, Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore, Credit Suisse, Singapore, Gulf International Bank, Singapore, Banker’s Trust, Singapore, the Port of Singapore  Authority, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Riverview Hotel, Singapore, Hillyer International Inc, New York, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, Jeans Bastian Gallery, Brussels, Mr. Hui Yap, Taipei, Mr. Fong Chow, New York, Mr. Francis Xavier Morrissey. Jr, New York, Mr.James Bertram, Hong Kong, Mr. Laurence CS Tam, Hong Kong, Mr. P Y Chow, Hong Kong, Mr. Lincoln Ying, Hong Kong,  Dr CY Cheng, Hong Kong, Evergreen Marine Group, Taipei, Hour Glass, Singapore, Mr. Goh Han Keng, Singapore, Mr. Chai Sophonpanich, Bangkok, Mr. Udane Techapaibul, Bangkok and many other collectors in Mainland China and Saudi Arabia.