One of the frequently requested commissions from Li is “Guanyin”, which means Buddha in Chinese.
If you have been following Xiang Li on social media, you may already be familiar with this genre of her work.
For example, Li completed this painting for a home overlooking the gorgeous Public Garden in Boston, Massachusettes.
Below is another example of Guanyin that is placed inside my office.
What is Guanyin?
“Guanyin” is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara (अवलोकितेश्वर). Commonly known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy. Guanyin is also revered by Chinese Taoists (or Daoists) as an Immortal. However, in folk traditions such as Chinese mythology, there are other stories about Guanyin’s origins that are outside jatakas of Avalokiteśvara recorded in Buddhist sutras.”
In the examples above, Li had taken a Tang Dynasty approach by applying many vibrant colors when constructing the designs. Her client was very excited and pleased with the results. This painting was showcased during an art exhibition in Brookline, MA in the same year.