Born in Hangzhou, China, Jia Juan Li grew up in a family environment that instilled in her a keen interest in culture and encouraged her to pursue her interest in painting. She graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 and followed this up with a Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1991. In 1996, the French government invited Jia to take up an art residency at the Ecole Superieure d’ Art in Aix-en-Provence. From 1998, Jia Juan Li has lived and worked in Paris, while visiting her homeland for a few months each year.
Over the last two decades Jia has received several prestigious awards and international recognition for her work. In 2011, Jia had a major retrospective at the Today Art Museum in Beijing followed by another major show at the Guiyang Art Museum in Guizhou in 2012. In 2012, Jia was also awarded the ‘Medaille d’Or – Peinture Figurative,’ the gold prize for figurative painting in the annual ‘Exposition de Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts’ at the Louvre Museum in Paris. In 2013, she was among forty Chinese and French artists chosen for an exhibition titled ‘CHIFRA’ held under the patronage of Mr. Francois Hollande to mark the 50th anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relations. The touring exhibition was brought to the National Museum of Arts in Beijing, Guan Shanyue Art Museum in Shenzhen and the Chonquing Art Museum in 2014.
Jia’s paintings are inspired by her childhood memories of visits to the Forbidden City in Beijing and her mother’s bedtime stories. They have an imaginative, dreamlike quality to them, capturing vignettes from yesteryear. Her colour palette and fusion of European and Chinese painting techniques give her works a uniquely antique look and style.
Gold Award “Médaille d’Or Peinture Figurative”, “Exhibition of Société NationaledesBeaux Arts”, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
First-class Prix David-Nillet Award at Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Painting Award for Exhibition Hall of National Art Institute, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
International Contemporary Art Award ( (A.D.A.G.P) Monte-Carlo Monaco Foundation Prince Pierre of Monaco
Merit Award - «Splendor», 3rd Annual Chinese Oil Painting, Exhibition Fine Arts Foundation of Beijing International Arts Palace China
« The Silent Garden », Recommendation Awards at the “1st 90s’ Guangzhou Art Bi-Annual Exhibition”, China
Honour Award - «Tranquil Garden», 1st Guangzhou Contemporary, Art Biennial China
« Song with no Verse », Bronze Awards at the “1st Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition”, China
« Song with no Verse »Excellence Awards for the Exhibition Hall of the Central Institute of Fine Arts, China
Bronze Award «Song without Lyrics», 1st Annual Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition
Merit Award - «Song without Lyrics» series, Central Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition