Yan Li 1954-

Yan Li is a painter and a poet. As a member of the group of artists known as The Stars, he first exhibited his works in 1980. As a poet he is perhaps less well-known, few of his poems having ever been published in China. He belonged to the loose assortment of young poets active in China in the late 1970s to mid-1980s who are labelled "misty". Like many of his contemporaries, he began writing poetry and painting in oils during the Cultural Revolution. Despite his lack of formal education, is extremely well-read in both Chinese and Western philosophy, history and literature.