Encompassing painting, calligraphy, sculpture, environmental art, participatory installations and photography, Li’s work explored his preoccupations with space, life and time.
In the 1950s Li belonged to a pioneering group of Taiwanese abstract artists called Ton Fan. In 1963 he moved to Bologna, Italy, where he produced his first folding painted books and began to develop the idea of the ‘cosmic point’ that would become a central feature of his work.
For Li, the cosmic point represented the beginning and end of all things. It began as a small calligraphic mark and evolved into a small circle that was sometimes collaged to the surface of the work. He also limited his palette to four colours: black for origin and end, red for blood and life, gold for nobility and white for purity.