LI Yun-xia

Li Yun-xia was born in Luochuan County in Shanxi Province. She learnt paper cutting from her mother and grandmother from the age of six, and was soon recognised as a prodigy. In 1986 she left home to work at Henan University, where she won first prize at an exhibition organised by the Arts Department. In 1988, she had her first solo paper-cutting exhibition at the same University. In 1991 Li was recruited as artist by the China Folk Cultural Village of Shenzhen. In her tenure of over ten years, she had received numerous luminaries, such as Nobel laureate Yang Zhenning, and foreign dignitaries, including Nixon, Castro and leaders of Arab countries. She had regularly demonstrated her art in front of Chinese leaders, including Deng Xiaoping, Yang Shangkun, Zhu Ronji and Qian Qishen. Her works were regularly chosen as souvenirs for foreign delegations, and are widely collected internationally by foreign embassies and many prominent universities. From as early as 1987, she has exhibited and demonstrated her art in China and overseas. A medalist of innumerable national competitions, Li is listed in Who’s Who in the World (Chinese Volume) as well as in many national and international biographical dictionaries. She is active in the preservation of the art of paper cutting and has paid homage to many masters of the art in Shanxi, such as Kao Xuemin, Ku Shulan and Wan Lanpan. In 2002, Li Yunxia relocated to Hong Kong. She continues to create and teaches paper cutting at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History as well as other schools and community organisations. Li currently serves on the board of the Chinese Arts Papercutting Association, and is a member of the East West Association of Paper Cutting Artists (New York).