Bao’s work explores identity and adulthood inspired by vibrant neighborhoods and subcultures such as kawaii culture, nerd culture, lolita fashion and alternative lifestyles in California. She transforms observations into color and form, generating temperament as subjects become embodiments of living fairytales. Certain elements of “the cutesy sublime” are also present in her works, namely with bursts of color, graffiti references and childlike mark making.
Bao received her MFA from Art Center College of Design (2014) and has shown at the Main Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Kobe Design University, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Gallery We and more with works in various private collections. Her works have been featured on LA18 TV, Modern Art Blitz, LA Art Show, Full Blede, 7x7, Voyager Magazine etc. Her writings have appeared in catalogues and publications, of which have been included in the CalArts Special Collections, Tate Archive, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), University Arts London Special Collections, Roger Ely Archive, James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library, FABRIK and others. She was also the Artist-in-Residence at ESXLA. Some of her artistic inspirations include David Hockney, James Ensor and Cecily Brown.
Bao currently dual-resides in San Francisco and Los Angeles.