密斯 · 凡 · 德 · 罗是我最喜欢的建筑师。他的美学思想在很大程度上影响了我。他的经典名言 “少即是多” 给了我很多启发。在我大四做作业设计的时候儿，我开始探索与尝试极简主义并试图理解 “少即是多” 的精髓。直到现在，我依旧在追寻细致度、精确度、几何儿构成以及极简主义，并试图将这些美学元素在我的作品中均衡统一。
Hi there! This is Li Han. I am a graphic designer and artist who was born and raised in Beijing, China and now active in Beijing, New York City, and Chicago. I am currently co-authoring the book “Book Book 2” with Myungah Hyon—an adjunct associate professor from the department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,—which will be published and released soon.
When I was four, I just could not help holding pens doodling, painting, drawing, or whatever words meaning similar things. I believe that it must be the trigger at the very beginning of my art and design life. When I was in my 9th grade, I stopped (or maybe I should say “paused” instead) painting to save more time for studying. But the funny thing is that—when I was in my 11th grade—I grabbed my pens again since I had a strong feeling that I needed to pursue art and design as my undergradute program. (I know some may say fate is a bitch. But apparently, I don’t think so. Ooooooooooooooops!)
Mies van der Rohe is my favorite architect and his aesthetic philosophy tremendously influenced me. I admire his world well-known aphorism—“Less Is More.” Since my senior year, during the time I was working on my B.F.A. thesis, I started exploring and experimenting with minimalism and tried to comprehend the essence of “Less Is More.” Till now, I am still pursuing sensitivity, precision, geometry, and minimalism and trying to balance all those artistic elements.
I received my bachelor degree from Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, majoring in design, and master degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in visual communication design. I mainly focus on typography, artists’ books, printing, as well as paper sculpture, sometimes trying to incorporate several of them together with even a broader variety of media such as weaving, etc. My inspirations come from my love of geometry, structure, vocabulary, minimalism, and bibliophilism, which you can seize more or less from my work.