Sizhu Li is a Chinese-born multi-disciplinary artist based in New York. Educated in two different continents, Li has developed a unique visual language of immersive kinetic installations to illustrate her understanding of the universe, society, and nature which was influenced by both Eastern wisdom and Western philosophy. In 2018, she graduated from MICA with the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, an annual national award granted to only ten students chosen from Top 10 art schools in the US. 

Li’s installation works have exhibited at Spring/Break, Flux Factory, the Governors Island Art Fair, Chashama Gallery and the Baltimore–Washington International Airport among other local and international group shows. Her upcoming shows include a two-person show at Maryland Howard County Center for the Arts (2020) and a solo show at Amerasia Bank Art Gallery (2020). 

Sizhu constructs immersive interactive installations. These installations are usually large-scale, presented in an open form, meant to be experienced. Many components are accessible household elements such as clip lights, desktop fans, and pinwheels. By this form, the artist expects to crumple the boundary between gallery art and people’s real life, so that viewers would not feel a distance and could freely get inspired to rethink. Mechanized sounds generated by materials are typically mixed in this theater, producing a natural and orchestral experience to the audiences who approach. All parts naturally collaborate in an assemblage, involving new and old, familiar and strange, natural and industrial considerations.

With coded controls, her installations are kinetic. Juxtaposing objects with Sisyphean movements, materials are treated as fleshy characters, where melancholy and nostalgia embed in humor. These emotions come from the paradox between the increasing complexity of our life and the unchanged hope to make life purified. In-depth, her research combines ancient oriental philosophy and modern technologies to craft a form of futurism. The Yin-Yang philosophy in the chaos of modern society is an essential topic in her works.

Who is Sizhu Li?

About her works

About her experience 


MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, U.S    

BFA, China Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing, China




Residencies and Programs

4heads Art In Residency, NYC

Anderson Ranch Residency, CO

Good Hart Residency, MI

Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), NYC

PS122 Studio Project Program, NYC




Awards and Honors

Nomination of International Studio and Curatorial Practice of Toby Devan Lewis Residency, NYC

Anderson Ranch Residency Fellowship, CO

Finalist of the A.I.R Gallery Fellowship, NYC

Toby Devan Lewis Graduation Fellowship (one of ten awardees from Top 10 art schools in the U.S)

Mt. Royal Scholarship, MICA, Baltimore                                                                    

Future Star Scholarship, CAFA, Beijing

First Prize of Annual Excellent Art Piece, CAFA, Beijing

Second Prize of Annual Excellent Art Piece, CAFA, Beijing




Invited workshops and talks


Invited talk at The Launchpad, Carbondale, CO 

Invited talk Hey Neighbor at 4Heads, Governor's Island, NY

Invited talk at Pratt Art School, NYC

Invited Arduino workshop, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI

Invited talk at Good Hart Residency, MI




Sole/Two-person Exhibitions

(Upcoming)  TBA, Amerasia Bank Art Gallery, New York City

What is WATT, Howard County Art Council, MD

Enigma, Gateway Gallery, Baltimore, MD    

Group Exhibitions

Spring/Break Art Show, New York City

Solstice, Flux Factory, New York City

Portal: Governors Island, New York City

Compact Assembly, Walter Otero Contemporary Art Gallery, Puerto Rico

Making Time, Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey

Multi-servant, Chashama Gallery, New York

LIC Arts Open Fall Salon, Plaxall Gallery, New York

Nights, Baltimore Billboards Gallery, Baltimore

Home: The Gate, BWI International Airport, Baltimore

Thesis show, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

Better Lucky Next time, Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery, Baltimore

Chinese Museum Exposition, Chengdu, China

Spitting Distance, Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery, Baltimore

Initial, Da Yun Tang Gallery, Beijing

Drawing by Heart, CAFA, Beijing