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PROFILES

Li Jin

Stroke of Insight

BY OLIVIA WANG

Portrait of Li Jin. Photo by Guo Pengfei. Courtesy Ink Studio, Beijing. 

On a late April morning in Beijing last year, the air was still crisp when I met Chinese artist Li Jin at his studio in the Maquanying area, which lies four kilometers northeast of the city’s Caochangdi art district. After greeting me, Li suggested we sit on his outdoor patio, under a verdant canopy of vines and hanging grapes, but then asked if I would be too cold. After we agreed it was a bit

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