Born in 1912, graduated from Tokyo University Department of Fine Arts, Western Paintings branch, Li joined a Japan progressive art group in Tokyo called the "Black Western Painting Society", compiled and written the "The Paintings In The 20th Century" at the same year. He taught at Hangzhou National Academy of Art from 1943 to 1946. In 1945, Li and Zao Wou-ki, Ding Yan-yong, Guan Liang, Lin Fengmian, and Pang Xunqin attended the "Group Exhibition of Modern Paintings" in Chongqing. He came to Taiwan in 1949, taught at Taipei Chongshan Girls High School and National Changhua Girls Senior High School in order. He is also the founder of the "Progressive Art Research Group" in Taipei 1951; his student founded the "Ton Fan Group" in 1957. He attended the "China Modern Art Exhibition" in Italy, 1965, and acquired the golden duke award in the "Painting Educational category" presented by Taiwan Painting Society in 1982.