HaiBo’s artistic ideal is to restore the past with photography. His work is notabout what changes so much as what endures. His photography often depictspeople and the passage of time. They or their surrounding are shown in variousstages of life, so one can study them or the memory of the subject.
In1982, when Hai Bo first took photography class in the university, he wasfascinated by the everlasting moment solidified by the camera. Compared withsubjective oil painting, Hai Bo found that photography reflected reality andnature and enabled him to better express his feelings. He began to shoot in hishometown, the rural areas of Northeast China.At first, his photography reflected his strong connection to the Russianlandscape painting of his education. Later he began photographing his relativesand friends. In response to Nostalgia for the 1960s and 70s, he found oldphotographs of groups of people and attempted to re-compose those sittingsaccording to the original arrangement. By repeating the perspective andarrangement, he tries to reverse the changes while allowing the participants torevive an old dream. With a belief that “what is more powerful than art is thelife per se”, Hai Bo has mined his familiar rural life theme for 20 years. Thephotographic techniques he uses are mostly simple and plain; however, thoseworks have a spiritual power through evoking personal memories.
Hai Bo was born in Changtu, LiaoningProvince, 1962. He graduated from printmaking department of the Fine ArtInstitute of Jilin in 1984. His works are in numerous public collectionsincluding The J. Paul Getty Museum, Queensland Art Galleryand The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recently, he was included in the followingexhibitions: “The China Project” (2009) at Gallery of Modern Art and QueenslandArt Gallery, Queensland, Australia; “Speak•Describe: 2009 Cross-StraitContemporary Art” (2000) at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung andNational Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; "Perspectives: Hai Bo”(2010) at Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,Washington DC, United States and “North of Taiping Mountain is All Grassland”(2008) at Beijing Commune, Beijing, China.