Liu Xiaodong is a contemporary Chinese artist best known for his involvement in the Neo-Realist movement in China during the 1990s. Throughout his painting practice, Liu explores the conceptual aspect of documenting the developing economy of China as well as, more recently, Egypt. “I like to find scenes that are part of life, of someone’s everyday existence and I choose places that interest me,” he has said. “When I paint someone, I want to capture their environment, their living state. I want to show the personal story behind the image of the person.”
I think this work is interesting to me because I’m curious about what life might be like in China. These paintings of everyday scenes…but filled with questions. Are the people in the boat refugees?