Li Liao (b.1982, Hubei, China) lives and works in Shenzhen, China. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department at Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Hubei, China, with a BFA in 2005.
In his multi-media installations and performances, Li aims to expose the social complexities of simple environments that appear mechanical and mundane by raising questions about expectations and reality. Consumption (2012) is an installation piece that scrutinises assembly-line labour in factories. It includes a lab coat, ID card and iPad that the artist used during a month-long period of employment at the notorious electronics manufacturer, Foxconn. The work was featured in the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; the New Museum, New York and the Rock Bund Museum, Shanghai where it was part of the Hugo Boss Asia Award show. Consumption was also featured in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Li has participated in the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); Hugo Boss Asia Art, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2013); ON/OFF, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2012); and rites, thoughts, notes, sparks, swings, strikes. A Hong Kong Spring, Para Site, Hong Kong (2012).