My name is Taikkun Li, and I am proud of the
interesting coincidence that my very name
points to -- "Tikkun Olam," a Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to help
heal the world.
Born into a cultural family, I readily attribute my earliest art education to my father, a renowned connoisseur of Chinese painting. My father opened that first door to the "ancient wisdom."
Among my study of the great masters, Duchamp stands out for the way in which his work has influenced me, freeing me from limitations and boundaries, and teaching
by his example that everything in life can
be artistic creation.
I went on to study sculpture at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and won a
full scholarship to the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. Such graduates of
the Art Institute as Jeff Koons, Walt Disney,
and Georgia O'Keeffe are known for an interdisciplinary approach shared by many
an artist who has sought to break new ground -- including this artist, Taikkun Li.
It was during my studies in Chicago that I was selected by the visionary designer Bruce Mau to work as one of his few apprentices in his "Massive Change Lab." What Bruce taught me is, "It's not about the world of design, but the design of the world."
Out in the world, my ideas began to find their legs. My Zenergy Project -- the "prayer wheel energy generator" -- was on display at Milan Design Week, and has been covered by important press like Fast Company and Geo Magazine. The concept behind the project:
to use positive energy from Tibetan prayers to spin the prayer wheel.
Playing to another strength of mine, I used data visualization to build a winning model for an online roulette game. This resulted in my
creation of the well-recognized app called ROOL for MacOS, iOS, and Android.
These days, you can find Taikkun Li living
and working in Silicon Valley, pursuing his
art, his technology, and his marriage of the two.
Among my many hopes, plans, and dreams
-- the currency of the artist -- is my vision
that, like Andy Warhol, I can create art
daily that is beautiful, that has utility -- and that can and will make you happy.
Granted EB-1A greencard by government (“Aliens of extraordinary ability” (EB-1A) is for those individuals who have risen to the small percentage at the very top of his or her field.)
- Bronze Award at the EPSON International Pano Awards (2010)
- Motorola GFRY Foundation Travel Grant to Europe (2009)
- Appearance in Milano Design Week at Fabrica Del Vapore with Zenergy Project (2009)
- Full Merit Scholarship of the School of Art Institute of Chicago (2007)
- Official selection of documentary for Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival (2007), San Francisco Tiburon International Film Festival (2007), Washington DC independent Film Festival (2007)
Space Generation Advisory Council / UNESCO / MOTOROLA / BRUCE MAU / CENTER FOR MASSIVE CHANGE / GFRY LAB