Li Xiuqin is a famous female contemporary sculptor. Over the past 20 years, she has created large numbers of sculptures with braille as the main thread of her creation. Since her braille work, the Concavo-convex Series in 1993, Li Xiuqin has kept using braille to change the language and the spatial relation of the sculpture and applying different materials, such as braille papers, bronze, stone, and steel bar. And the concavo-convex presented in her works are just the amplification of some braille. Meanwhile, at the beginning of her braille work, Li Xiuqin has added some on-site interaction.

These works originate from braille and also connect the touch of blind children. At her solo exhibition Touching the Concave-convex in 1993, Li Xiuqin invited some blind children to let them touch the sculptured braille and feel the power of art. The children attending the solo exhibition then have now grown up and Li Xiuqin recently found nine of those ten children (one committed suicide and passed away) attending the exhibition in 1993. It is the art that has stimulated the potency of some of the blind people.

Li Xiuqin (Chinese: 李秀勤;pinyin: Li Xiuqin( born November 23, 1953) is a Chinese contemporary sculptor and a professor, the Co-Director of the 4th Studio of Sculpture Department of China Academy of Art, CAA, Hangzhou. She currently lives and works in Hangzhou, China.

In 1985, not satisfying with the only way of clay modeling in CAA, Li went to the small metal factory in Hangzhou to find the material and welder to make several metal welding sculptures. With her sculptures, she participated in The First Teacher Exhibition in the Sculpture Department in CAA, which enlarged her vision for metal materials. Assisted by her husband Guo Lianxun, Li started to work in bigger metal factory to produce more metal welding works. The works produced in this period brought her the chance to study in UK.

Li Xiuqin was born in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. In 1982, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Sculpture Department, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou(now the China Academy of Art, CAA. She began to work in CAA as a teacher in sculpting after the graduation. From 1988 to 1991, she researched in Slade School of Fine Art, UK and studied for her Master’s degree in Sculpture Department, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK on scholarship from UK Cultural Exchange Committee.

Current Lives & works in Hangzhou, China

Graduated from the Sculpture Department, Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts

(now China Academy of Art, CAA), attained bachelor’s degree, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

Researched in Slead Academy of Arts UCL , UK
Graduated from the Sculpture Department, Manchester Metropolitan University, attained Master’s degree, UK

Professor, Sculpture Department, China Academy of Art, CAA, Hangzhou Co-Director, 4th Studio of Sculpture Department, CAA, Hangzhou Researcher Fellow of State Art Academy

Sense of Touch, Concave-convex, CAA Art Space, Hangzhou , China

Li Xiu Qin Exhibition, CAA Art Space, Hangzhou, China

Installation-Sculpture-Painting, The 2nd Gallery Washington State University,WSU, USA

Opening studio , Li xiuqin studio, Hangzhou

Touching point-Tangible art, Genrart power, 20 years of concave and convex by LI Xiqin, China
Hangzhou city center

Connecting art and society in Braille ,20 years of sculpture works by Li Xiuqin , China ,shanghai Baoshan IFAE

Independent Chinese contemporary art exhibition in 55’ International art Biennale of Venice ( Italy Venice )

Forms of Formless, Exhibition of contemporary Chinese art (g
2011 _ Start from the horizon, Chinese contemporary Sculpture since 1978, Si shang Gallery Beijing

Contemporary sculpture show in Shanghai world expo (china Shanghai )

Strategic Form of International welding still sculpture show (Mexico Monterrey contemporary Art Museum

Sculpt of nature, Orient Western, International Sculpture Biennal, Anglie Touren, Italy

China Imagination, The Sculpture Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France

Chinese Season, Paris, France
The Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Norway
Re-mixes The Card, The Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Painting, Institute of Shenzhen Sculpture, Shenzhen, China

The Sculpture Exhibition of Two person, Clark University Gallery, USA

Gate of the Century : 1979—1999, Exhibition of Chinese Art, Chengdu Modern Art Museum, Chengdu, China
Opening The Secret, Exhibition of Artwork, Washington State University, U.S.A

Tradition & consider, The Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, Embassy Of Germany, BeiJing, China
Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Female Artists, Bonn Frauen Museum

The 1st Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, SiChuan Province & HongKong, China
Exhibition of Work selected by Art Critics (Sculpture & Installation), Jiangsu Art Monthly Pictorial, China
Continue—Five Artist Sculpture Exhibition, China Central Academy of Art Gallery, BeiJing, China

Three Artist Sculpture Exhibition, Beijing, China

London Slead Youth Sculpture Exhibition, London, UK

The 1st China Fresh Artist & New Artwork Exhibition, BeiJing, China