Jet Li Portrait 2023 - Phnom penh canvas
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76 x 76 x 2cm
Stencil spray paint on canvas
Originally made for Hong Kong Solo Exhibition
Li Lianjie, better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion. He is a naturalized Singaporean citizen.
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