Liu Bao Jun / Leo Bao Jun was born in 1963 in Dandong, Liaoning Province. Liu Bao Jun has become a rising star in mainland China’s contemporary art scene, as well as gaining considerable recognition abroad through his exhibitions in both the US and Taiwan. Since 2004 he lives in Shanghai. He started writing when he was 7 years old, so it can be said that his experience in the arts has 38 years.
Liu Bao Jun’s work typically features portraits of Chinese women. . But if you are imagining petite women striking delicate, ladylike poses then you would be very mistaken. They are not beautiful in terms of the standard flavors, but they are dressed elegantly and in harmony with stylish design around them. Their style of life, they represent the unreality of a bygone era. In some images the women wear traditional costume, in others they wear western dress, while in others they appear nude. At the same time, we see a tinge of irony in the picture of refined persons.
In a society where smoking has been traditionally a non-female activity, many of the women in Liu Bao Jun’s works seem to be very much enjoying a quiet smoke (a taboo for women in China). Liu Bao Jun gently challenges our perceptions of Chinese women and addresses traditional verses modern ideals. The main character is often depicted with a pipe.
Leo Bao Jun - artist skill, being an expert, snatches details of the composition and use tonchaschih strokes bringing them to almost photo-realism. At the same time, his play with color, texture, light and shadow gives the work a poetic sound. The artist chooses the objects come from traditional Chinese culture, but also adds a western technology. With a deep understanding of Chinese culture, it integrates it into modern art. And thus Leo Bao Jun creates aesthetic images that you will remember forever.