Li Chao’s paintings give out a touch of fantastic bizarreness. He creates, through his rich imagination, a motley, subtle and even ambiguous relationship between time and space, historical figures and contemporary people. Virtual reality in a variable form transcends the binary opposition of reality and fiction and such questions as what is real and what is expression are drown in an almost virtual image. There lies the charm of his paintings: after his pursuit of “verisimilitude”, he has achieved free crossing and collaging in a whole new context, thus highlighting the function of “uncertainty” and an uncontrollable endless change.
His works can be divided into two parts: “past” and “present”. The “past” part is often traceable as people tend to take a definite image in their past experiences while the “present” part is overflowed with the humor of parody. His paintings contain lots of energies and imaginations that we need. The characters and objects he draws essentially reflect a satire and tease to the trivial, mediocre and yet unchangeable status quo. This burlesque sometimes targets at the mediocre “majorities” and sometimes at the “masters” and “leaders” we used to wait upon as well as the living environment that causes the boredom and negative attitude of the “majorities”. The significance of his paintings is to find not a corresponding relation in reality but a real-world projection of all previous images and Li Chao’s attitudes and stances towards those existing phenomena.