Now one of China's most renowned contemporary artists, Liu Xiaodong grew up in a small industrial town in China before moving to Beijing at age 17 to study art. Three decades passed before he decided to head home to paint this celebrated series Hometown Boy. An internationally acclaimed artist who has lived through Beijing’s phenomenal growth in the past few decades, the 50-year-old Liu is baffled by the familiar: childhood friends who continue to struggle for a living, his parents’ unchanged home, and undeveloped paddy fields. The hometown boy has become an outsider, who masterfully captures the details of daily life in a typical Chinese town neglected by the media but teeming with life.
– Josh Yiu, Former Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art
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Self-Portrait, 2010, Liu Xiaodong, Chinese, born 1963, oil on canvas, 15 x 13 in. Photo courtesy of the artist. © Xiaodong Studio, 2010.