Liu Bolin was born in China’s Shandong province. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world.
Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin’s most popular works are from his Hiding in the City series; photographic works that began as performance art in 2005. The inspiration of the Hiding in the City series is from the Chinese government’s destruction of the Beijing artist village Suo Jia Cun in November 2005; he uses his art as a means of silent protest.
In the beginning, in his works Liu Bolin gave special attention to the various social problems that accompany China’s rapid economic development. By painting his body into slogans, building, walls or enclosures, Liu forces the viewer to acknowledge the messages and, in the process, to reconsider the circumstances of their own life.
Liu Bolin followed up his Beijing series of Hiding in the City with two derivative series of performances captured in Venice and New York City. Following the method of painting himself into the cityscapes, Liu choose Venice for its significance within the Western art tradition and New York City for the potency of the underlying conflicts between humans and the objects they create. In service to this project, Liu painted himself into such socially-loaded backgrounds as Wall Street and the Tiles for America 9/11 memorial.
In February 2012, Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery, which represents the artist, announced a collaborative project between Liu Bolin and great fashion designers.
Photo credits Liu Bolin
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