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Ugo Li

Ugo Li - painter
"When I talk about colour, I am not talking about colours from nature but from painting, the colours of my palette are the words that form my pictorial language, that of the painter."

Ugo Li, born in 1987, is a French painter, who is currently living and working in Bangkok, Thailand. His bold, pictorial and often abstract work appropriates and reinterprets the visual signs of today’s society.

Everyday inspiration

Li was surrounded by creativity from an early age, being raised in his father’s artist studio and following his parents around art galleries. His work is highly personal, inspired by both major life events and the small everyday moments that constitute one's existence. His paintings explore the intersections of dreams, memory, personal history and daily life.

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Media Musings

Li often takes his inspiration from the colourful advertising that pervades society. He plays with words and slogans that appear isolated on the canvas and are intended to provide more of a pictorial purpose since they are removed from their original commercial context. For Li the canvas becomes a place for him to project his emotions, he often removes and repaints the work until he is happy with the dialogue that has emerged.

Emerging Talent

Li has exhibited in both solo and group shows internationally in countries such as, the United States, Thailand, Canada and France. His work belongs to collections around Europe.

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Credentials

Group exhibitions

  • 2016
    TIMELAND / YENAKART VILLA Gallery – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2016
    FLAC, Foire loi 1901 d’art contemporain / Le Hall – Rouen, France
  • 2014
    Oscillation / Speedy grandma gallery – Bangok, Thailand
  • 2014
    Luxx art fair / Luxx hotel – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2013
    Moving Picture Desire / D Gallery – New york, American Samoa
  • 2013
    Roommates looking for motion n a sunny and beautiful appartment / Montreal – Montreal, Canada
  • 2012
    COMO SI FUERA LA PRIMERA O LA ULTIMA VEZ / Montreal – Montreal, Canada
  • 2011
    +1 / Ecole des Beaux Arts – Rouen, France

Solo exhibitions

  • 2017
    Untitled / Gallery SO-Sofitel – Hua-hin, Thailand
  • 2016
    Ugo’s LAIR / Cho Why – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2014
    I LOVE YOU TOO, New perspective of art / Le Meridien – Bangkok, Thailand
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