Li Lei was born in October,1965 in Shanghai, China. He is currently the executive director of China Art Museum, Shanghai and professor at Tongji University. Li Lei embarked on the practice and research of Chinese abstract art from 1996, striving to combine the essence of Chinese culture with an international abstract art visual language, and to develop a new proposal for Chinese abstract art. His main works include the series Dhyana Flower, Shanghai Flower and Flame of Pompeii. He has held solo exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China, and has also exhibited widely in New York, the United States; Frankfurt and Linz, Germany; Amsterdam and Boxmeer, the Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium. Publications include Shanghai Oil Painting Masters: Li Lei of Shanghai Bookstore Publishing House; Contemporary Artists of China—Li Lei: Poetic Abstract of Hebei Education Publishing House; Contemporary Artists of China Today – Li Lei: the Far Away and the Serene of Sichuan Fine Arts Publishing House; Li Lei – Chinese Abstractionist of HatjeCantz Publishing House in Germany; and Shanghai Flower– Li Lei of Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Arts.