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Changpeng Li

Born 1998 in Jiangxi, China. Lives and works in London, UK.

He observes inherent violence in the proliferation of images. Images, although seemingly innocuous, can carry an undercurrent of violence towards the viewer, manifested through ceaseless visual stimulation and an overwhelming influx of information that compels action. In this context, image itself becomes a form of violence. Through painting, photography, and film, Li explores the deeper meanings hidden behind the visual veneer. His paintings generate ambiguity and uncertainty in a search for meaning.



Li uses painting, photography, and moving images to explore the deeper meanings behind images that are beloved and produced by the Generation Z. He uses these "happy" images on the social media as the subject matter and he aims to delve into the complexities of the visual culture that surrounds us and to question the underlying messages and assumptions that shape our understanding of the world. 


The violence always completes itself in an image. In his works, Li fragments images from Generation Z, then repatch them through the lens of absence and negative space. He brings the frenzied digital images of social media back to the darkroom for re-development, with the aim of enabling us to not only look something, but also see something deeper. By doing so, he aimed to create a sense of boundaries without content, which would evoke a sense of homogenized security.


He plays with speed change in works of different mediums. Through distorting sensory experience, he reconceived images so that they directly face the origin of their symbolic meaning. At the heart of his image-centered practice is the creation of void. With the Void, Full Powers. Now the image can flow or it can crush.



  • 2022-2023 ​MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK


Group Exhibitions


  • Annual Open, Southwark Park Galleries, London, UK

  • In Between, Entrance Space, Zhengzhou, China

  • ​Night Boat, Fitzrovia Gallery, London, UK

  • RCA Graduate Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

  • 20×20 Vision, Blue House Yard, Wood Green, London, UK

  • Reflections, online, Royal Blue Gallery, London, UK

  • The Fading Spaciousness, OXO Bargehouse Gallery, London, UK

  • Movement, online, Asian Contemporary Artists Alliance, New York, US




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