LIU BAOMIN


Born in 1968 in Xi’an, China. Living and working in Beijing, China.Liu Baomin got his diploma in 1989 from the Xi’an…

Biography

Born in 1968 in Xi’an, China.

Living and working in Beijing, China.Liu Baomin got his diploma in 1989 from the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (major in oil painting).

The core of his work is the tension between reality and illusion, in an hyperrealistic manner consisting of portrayals seen through wet glass. He believes that it is because of consumerism that people put “value” on all sorts of things, on every aspect of life, and not just objects. A consumer lens, like the wet glass that is put between his viewers and the subject matter, distorting and skewing reality. There is an invincible intermediate layer between self and object, and thanks to that reflexion, the images Liu Baomin creates are not the appearance of images themselves.

A consumerist and materialistic society produces self-alienation: extremely objectified daily life turns into something extremely unreal. Instead of social criticism, Liu Baomin exploits the appearance of a “self” resulting from a visual experience, making extreme reality become the most trustful portrayal of something unreal.

Career

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2011
Galerie LOFT, Paris, France
798 Ren Gallery, Beijing, China

2008
Extreme Illusion, Yan Arts Center, Beijing, China

2007
Extreme Illusion, Yan Arts Center, Beijing, China
Galerie Maeght, Paris, France

2005
Extreme Illusion, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2004
Old Bailey Gallery, Hong Kong

2003
Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Old Bailey Gallery, Hong Kong

2001
Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Art Stage Singapore 2016, Singapore
Singapore Contemporary Art Fair, Singapore

2015
Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong

2014
"The Collection": Director's 10 Year Private Collection, Wellington Gallery, Hong Kong

2011
SH Contemporary Art Fair, Beijing, China
Miami Art Fair, Miami, USA
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
Brussels Antiques & Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium

2010
Beyond the Broken Skin, Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China
To Live on Ourselves in Three Aspects, Zhuzao Art Museum, Beijing, China

2009
Art Paris, Galerie Loft, Paris, France
60-70-80s Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, Musée d'Art du Château, Tours, France

2008
Art Beijing, Beijing, China

2007
Beijing Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China
Glamour Dolls, Chia Tai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Life in Songzhuang, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China

2006
China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China
Songzhuang Arts Factory Opening Exhibition, Beijing, Chine 

2005
Spring Art Salon, Hong Kong
The Art of Time, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Haerbin, China
Ren + Ba, Yan Arts Center, Beijing, China

2004
Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Touch the Freedom of Body and Mind, 798 Art District, Beijing, China

2003
The 3rd Shaanxi Oil Paintings Exhibition, Xi’an, China
Liu Baomin & Yinkun, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China
Spirits, Old Bailey Gallery, Hong Kong

2002
China Art Expo, Beijing, China

2001
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
Two People Say, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

1999
Capital Art Fair, Beijing, China