Born in Taipei, studied at Taipei Normal School under Ishikawa Kinichiro at the age 16. He moved to Japan in 1929, and studied Western painting at Tokyo Fine Arts Institute. He won the highest honours at the Imperial Exhibition and was selected to the Exhibition in the next three years. LI was one of the co-founders of Taiyang Fine Arts Association. He returned to Taiwan in 1994 and settled down in Taichung. He taught painting at his private studio and was later invited to teach at the Fine Arts Department of National Taiwan Normal University in 1963. Since his retirement from teaching in 1974, LI has devoted himself to painting. He died in 1995 in United States, LI was one of the National Master of paintings in Taiwan.