Since 2008
Works in Bayside Hills, New York United States of America

Based in New York and Beijng, Lily & Honglei work as an artist collective. Utilizing traditional painting and animation, as well as new media such as virtual reality and augmented reality, Lily & Honglei create ‘visual fables’ intertwining current social issues with cultural heritages.

Lily & Honglei’s artworks have been presented at numerous prestigious international and national venues, including Museum of Art and Design in New York, Queens Museum of Art in New York, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Arad Art Museum in Romania, Musée Guimet in Paris, He Xiangning Art Museum in China, Museum of Ara Pacis in Rome, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, The Painting Center of New York, Eyebeam Art Technology Center New York, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in New York, Australian Center of Virtual Art in Sydney, TEKS–Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre in Norway, Electronic Visualization & Arts at British Computer Society in London, ISEA–Intel Society of Electronic Arts in Istanbul, New York Artist Residency Studios Foundation Gallery, Shanghai University Gallery in China, Center for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Contemporary Art Foundation Kiev in Ukraine, University Gallery of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Axiom Gallery Boston, NurtureArt Gallery in New York, Devotion Art Space in New York, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery 2008 in CA, SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 in Hong Kong, Budapest Short Film Festival in Hungary, Color Out of Place Festival in UK, Dumbo Art Festival in New York, International Festival of Electronic Art 404 in Argentina, MICROWAVE International New Media Arts Festival 2009 in Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center, FILE-Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil, Zero1 Biennial of New Media Art in San Jose CA, among many others. Their recent project Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China has been included in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University.

Lily & Honglei both studied fine arts in China and continued their education in art in the States. Lily Xiying Yang received Master of Fine Arts degree in Digital Media from College of Visual and Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts, and taught Digital Media graduate program at Emerson College in Boston. Honglei Li earned his MFA degree in Painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he also taught fine arts undergraduate program. Lily & Honglei currently work as independent artists in New York City. Their work is viewable at Lily & Honglei can be reached at

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Making Social Sculpture in Real and Virtual World

Thu Jun 04, 2009 00:00

08 Charter - Call for Freedom of Expression in China

On December 09, 2008, a group of 303 Chinese writers, intellectuals, lawyers, journalists, retired Party officials, workers, peasants, and businessmen have issued an open letter -- the 08 Charter -- calling for legal reforms, democracy and protection of human rights in China.

Since 9 December the Charter is online and police has interrogated supporters in Beijing, Shanghai, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Shaanxi, Hubei and Hunan. Among the signatories, Liu Xiaobo, an intellectual, was arrested on Monday. [read more...]

"Charter 08" has now been signed by over 5000 intellectuals, lawyers, journalists, writers, scholars, artists, including contemporary Chinese artists, Li Xianting, Gao Zhen, Gao Qiang, Liu Yi, Lily X. Yang. As overseas Chinese intellectuals, we are calling for actions and support from global artist communities. Those who want to express their support can send a message to this address:

By June 04, 2009, 20 years anniversary of Tiananmen Incident, the list of signatures will be translated into a virtual 3D monument in Second Life, which will imitate the shape of "Statue of Democracy" created in student movement in 1989. All signers will be listed as artists contributing to the "social sculpture." For furthur discussion, please contact Lily Jun in Second Life , or email to

08 Charter re-addresses the fundamental concept of "Freedom at the core of universal values. The rights of speech, publication, belief, assembly, association, movement, and to demonstrate are all the concrete realizations of freedom."

It states that "China, as a great nation of the world, one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and a member of the Human Rights Council, should contribute to peace for humankind and progress in human rights. But to people’s regret, among the great nations of the world, China, alone, still clings to an authoritarian political way of life. As a result, it has caused an unbroken chain of human rights disasters and social crises, held back the development of the Chinese people, and hindered the progress of human civilization. This situation must change! The reform of political democratization can no longer be delayed.

Because of this, we, with a civic spirit that dares to act, publish the “08 Charter.” We hope that all Chinese citizens who share this sense of crisis, responsibility and mission, without distinction between the government or the public, regardless of status, will hold back our differences to seek common ground, actively participate in this citizens’ movement, and jointly promote the great transformation of the Chinese society, so that we can establish a free, democratic and constitutional nation in the near future and fulfill the dreams that our people have pursued tirelessly for more than a hundred years.

Read full text of 08 Charter at


Call For Proposals: ::: Investigating Ruptures in the Art Political Grid :::

We'd like to submit a project against Internet censorship in China, as well as making social commentaries by reinterpreting Chinese folklore themes.


Virtual Art @ Broadway Gallery NYC, Opening Feb 19, 6-8PM

Sat Feb 28, 2009 00:00 - Sat Dec 20, 2008

To initiate a new platform promoting net-art, presenting this new genre of art not only on Internet, but in galleries from New York City to Beijing, NY Arts magazine invites Lily & Honglei, John Craig Freeman and Will Pappenheimer, the dedicated artists making critical social and cultural commentaries in cyberspace, to present their virtual installations, virtual world (Second Life) happenings/performance in NY Arts - Broadway Gallery.

The exhibition explores virtual world art as a form of assessment of globalization, a venue to explore Internet-based virtual world as Modernist techno-libertarian or political utopia, and the “reality” of dream world.

Featured projects include, "Land of Illusion" by Lily & Honglei and Land of Illusion Team, "Imaging Wall Street" by John Craig Freeman and Will Pappenheimer.

Exhibition Location:
473 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-8993

Exhibition Dates:
February 15 - 28, 2009
Gallery Hours:
Tues - Sat 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 19th, 6 - 8PM

Lily & Honglei
John Craig Freeman
Will Pappenheimer