Li, Ken

About Ken Li

Born in China, 1958, Ken began sculpting at a very early age. He worked as an apprentice in a jade carving facility after secondary school. Upon completing training he became a technical worker in carving and engraving every kind of stone, including jade, marble, and soapstone.

In 1976 he was accepted to Guangdong Art and Crafts College in Canton China, majoring in carving and sculpting. He studied traditional Chinese and western carving, then returned to the jade carving facility, this time supervising the carving. The company evolved into a jewelry manufacturer, and Ken became a designer and sample maker.

The Chinese government recognized Mr. Li with the Certificate of Art & Craft Technician, in 1987. It is the highest level title in the field. He also showed in the Canton Fair, a prominent exhibition hosted by the government.

Ken moved to Canada in 1997, living in small towns in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He became inspired by the wildlife of North America. Blending the traditional Chinese technique with Western methods, he has created a style that enables him to express his feelings for the wildlife of the North.

Ken often carves from sedimentary stone with embedded fossilized sea shells. It is a very hard and unique stone from China. His pieces can be found in public and private collections around the world, including the United States, Europe, England, German, and Canada.