Exploring Ziwan Li’s Diverse Accolades: From Balhae 2024 A’ Design Award to Asian Youth Rookie Award

Ziwan Li’s creative ability continues to gain recognition on worldwide stages, with her recent work, “Balhae”, earning the 2024 A’Design Award and also the Asian Youth Rookie Award, standing as a testament to her artistic excellence. Through immersive storytelling and vivid visuals, Ziwan Li’s creations resonate with audiences, inviting them into a world of rich narrative and compelling imagery set in the Tang Dynasty. Her work captures the lost civilization of Balhae, weaving together history and story with masterful skill.

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Image credit: Ziwan Li

While her acclaimed Balhae project captivates audiences with its historical fantasy allure, it represents just one facet of Li’s multifaceted portfolio. Delving deeper into her body of work, we encounter a rich tapestry of creativity that transcends boundaries and genres.

In 2023, one of Ziwan Li’s works garnered an award from the Japan Illustrators’ Association, a platform tailored specifically for illustrators renowned for its professionalism. Initially limited to Japan, the competition has since embraced participants from around the globe. The winning illustration, completed in less than a week, encapsulated elements of Chengdu and Chongqing’s cultural and environmental heritage, including bamboo, golden monkeys, pandas, red-hot pot ingredients, the Liberation Monument, and the Leshan Giant Buddha. This fusion of cultural and environmental motifs underscores Li’s ability to capture the essence of a region within her artwork. Through her artwork, Li aptly captures the essence of each city, infusing her creations with vibrant energy and cultural resonance. Following her award-winning success last year, Li was honored with an invitation to serve as a judge in this year’s competition.


Moreover, Li’s participation in the China Art annual compendium highlights her respected position within the artistic community. The China Art annual compendium holds significant authority within the Chinese artistic community, serving as a reputable publication that has been publicly released for 11 years. It meticulously documents successful artworks and academic theories from within the country, garnering recognition from platforms such as the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and the Chinese Knowledge Resources Integrated Database. As a revered document within the art realm, it holds considerable influence. Her contributions not only demonstrate notable achievements but also offer valuable insights and scholarly contributions to the field of visual arts. With her innovative approach and dedication to her craft, Li has earned recognition from both peers and critics.

Beyond her acclaimed projects, Ziwan Li’s artistic talents have transcended traditional boundaries, leading to exciting collaborations with industry giants like Marvel. It was her captivating work on “Balhae” that caught the attention of Marvel’s art director, paving the way for collaborative opportunities. This year, Li is set to embark on a joint project with Marvel to create a new project, a testament to her ability to captivate audiences and industry professionals alike. This collaboration with Marvel further showcases Li’s versatility as an artist.

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