Since 1996, Li Lei has been mainly engaged in the creation of and research into Chinese abstract art, and has endeavoured to combine the core concepts of Chinese culture with the international language of mature abstract art, to create a path for abstract art in China. His painting series include Zen Flowers, Drunk Lake, Shanghai Flowers and Flames at Pompeii. In 2014, he began to experiment with space integration art, taking spatial narrative, spatial expression and spatial analysis as objectives of dramatic visual practice. The integrated exhibitions Shanghai Flowers and The Apsara's Flowers were well received. Li Lei has had solo exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Frankfurt, Linz, Boxmeer, Amsterdam and Brussels. As well as a Chinese national artist, he is also curator of the China Art Palace (Shanghai Art Museum).