Born in 1984, Li Rui graduated from the elite Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2008 and has rapidly asserted himself as an original representative of the avant-garde in China. With his unabashed espousal of pictorial beauty and brilliant technical virtuosity, in only a few short years, Li Rui has had solo shows around the world and is quickly gaining an international audience. Nature is Li Rui’s close confidant and guide, and has become a means of expression for his inner-most feelings, the medium in which to channel his emotions. Li Rui’s paintings are his whispers with nature and at the same time they are also confessions of his frame of mind. Each painting pays tribute to the power of nature, yet somehow also reveals his own ability to re-shape, re-imagine and re-create it as he desires.