My story

My name is Li Han. I am a New York City based graphic designer and artist who was born and raised in Beijing, China. 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 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.

Illustration credit to Hui Ma

© 2018 Li Han.