Liu Baomin graduated from the Xian Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in oil painting, Xian in 1989. He joined several selected group exhibitions and hosted numerous solo exhibitions in China, Hong Kong and France.
The tension between reality and illusion is the core of Liu Baomin’s “Extreme Illusion” series. The rippled and splitting effects of his hyper realistic painting mimic that of an image seen through wet glass, creating a brand new portrayal of his subject matter. Liu wants to express the illusion of reality, echoing the current society that is based on consumerism. Liu believes that it is because of consumerism that people put “value” on all sorts of things, and not just objects. Even in between individuals, or individuals and society, people are “valuing” their relationship through the lens of consumerism. This lens is just like the wet glass that is put between his viewers and the subject matter, distorting and skewing reality.