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Bao

BRINGING COLORS TO HONG KONG

A self-taught artist born and raised in hong kong, BAO aims to bring joy to her city through her colorful and impactful works. BAO’s artworks speak to everyone and is cross-generational, and while full of details, her pieces can be dissected for hours as you still won’t be able to see the little cat hidden behind a jar of pineapple jam, as they also can be seen as a whole to discover the big picture.
Her artworks are like open books in which you can dive to discover everything that hides in her colorful mind.

Her passion brought her to the front stage with multiple collaborations with world-famous brands such as Nike, TUMI, Microsoft, Foot Locker, Audi, and Mercedes Benz, to cite a few.

Her dedication goes beyond the limit, and while walking in hong kong, you will come across murals and building facades depicted with BAO’s colorful artworks, bringing smiles to the resident’s faces and life.

BAO is very active in the urban art scene, and there is no doubt she will keep on propagating joyful emotions to all the people who will come across her works through multiple mediums.

 

HER INSPIRATIONS

Her talent is matched only by her creativity: evolving in a joyful world that is not unlike manga, her frescoes, rich in details and intertwined characters, take us back to the wonderful and imaginary worlds of our childhood.
BAO has a keen sense of drawing and transcribes strong emotions through her works. Whether they are men, women, creatures, or animals, all her characters reflect feelings that humanize her scenes. And creatures abound: whether they are underwater, coming from space, or navigating in parallel worlds, BAO relentlessly creates off-beat universes in which all the characters rub shoulders and dance together for our greatest pleasure.

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Meet with Bao

How do you define yourself? Why do you define yourself?
I don’t really think I’m an artist. I just do what I like and I really appreciate it because I’m able to live with it.
Right now, I’m doing more illustration and street art. But actually, I’m doing whatever I want to do.
What’s your story? What are your reasons for painting?
I was a graphic designer for 6 or 7 years and I worked in an office. But I realized that’s not what I wanted to do. So I quit my job and started to travel around the world.
When I was in Italy, I met some local graffiti artists and they introduced me to the world of street art. I like street arts because they are for the public. It’s totally different from painting on canvas. For me, it’s like communicating with people.
What inspires you?

I’ve liked manga since I was a kid. That’s what made me start drawing. Most of my inspiration comes from manga.

What’s your favorite “playground”?

The wall is my playground, for sure. I always dream of painting bigger and bigger walls.

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What equipment and techniques do you use?

To paint on the walls, I mostly use paint and brushes, but sometimes spray paint as well. For illustration, lately I only use the iPad. It’s very handy, but I’m also trying to go back to pencil and paper or canvas.

What’s the most important project you’ve worked on? Why is that?

Last year, I worked with Tumi on a travel collection with suitcases, bags and luggage tags. I was very happy to travel with my own suitcase…

Who are the main artists who inspired you in the beginning?

Miyazaki Hayao: his animated films showed me another world.

Tim Burton was my mentor on the dark side…

What are the main artists that you are thrilled about today?

The same ones as before.

In your opinion, does urban art have an impact on people’s lives?

What I like about street art is that it’s aimed at the public. Anyone can see it and touch it or even paint over it.

It is not necessary to be a “professional artist”. You don’t need to be a professional artist. You can make up your own story based on the street art you have seen and which inspires you.

Exclusive objects by Bao

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