Chinese Empresses

Xiang Li began working on this massive collection of Chinese Empresses in 2012, featuring the most recognized female leaders and politicians from Chinese history, dated as far as the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), ~2,000 years ago. The entire collection is painted on silk by hand with watercolor.

Dream of the Red Chamber

Xiang Li was the first Chinese artist to complete all 413 characters from the famous novel, Dream of the Red Chamber. This project took her 10 years to complete between 1975-85 and made her a nationally recognized artist.