Born in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. He graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 1999. He works and lives in Chongqing and teaches at the Sculpture Department of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing. His artworks are originated from everyday life observations as his inspiration. Through sculpting the physical environment and scenes, his artworks revealed mutual disregard and alienation among people in the society but yet they are close in proximity. His works could be seen in many joint exhibitions such as 2005, 2006 & 2007 "Mahjong – Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection", Sweden, Germany & Austria; 2003 "An Opening Era – Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Founding of the Natinal Art Museum of China", Beijing; 2005 "Grounding Reality", Seoul; 2007 "Grassroots Humanism : 21 Cases of Contemporary Art", Beijing; 2007 "Urban Mirroring – Contemporary Art Exhibition", Shenzhen. He also held various solo exhibitions such as 1998 "LI Zhangyan Solo Sculpture Exhibition", Beijing; 2003 "Life Myraid", Beijing; 2006 "Scenes", Lucerne, Switzerland; 2008 "Rent", Beijing.