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Li Hongbo was born in Siping, Jilin Province in 1974. After undergraduate studies in the Fine Arts Department of Jilin Normal University, he completed two postgraduate degrees at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing. The first, completed in 2001, a master’s degree in the Folk Art Department, sparked his interest in ancient Chinese paper craft, book design and printmaking. Later Li combined this research with the knowledge of art history and contemporary practice gained in a second master’s degree in the Experimental Art Department, from which he graduated in 2010. He is best known for sculptural installations made with the honeycomb technique seen in traditional paper ‘gourd’ decorative objects and lanterns. Li Hongbo’s work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions including in the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012. He lives and works in Beijing.