Born in China, Dongmin Lai received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Beijing Normal University Yatai International Educational Training Center in Beijing. He studied as well at China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, also in Beijing.
In 1986 he became a member of the prestigious Chinese Fine Art Association and proceeded to hold several shows in the National Gallery and Capital Museum in Beijing. Two of his paintings were chosen for the Museum’s permanent collection. In October 1991 he was awarded China’s prestigious Silver Medal for Oil Painting.
Lai has been painting professionally for more than 20 years in a style not unlike the Old Masters, chiefly Rembrandt and other Renaissance painters. He paints in very deep, rich colors, demonstrating a mastery of brushwork that is both direct and spontaneous. Many of his works are almost medieval in appearance, representing rural life in China, landscapes, the canals of Suchow, and exquisite, finely detailed portraits.
Lai moved to British Columbia, Canada in 1998. His work is found in collections across China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States and Canada.