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Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin

China • Born in: 1973

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Liu Bolin is born in 1973 in China where he lives and works.

Despite his worldwide fame, it is the first time ever in Shanghai one can see the complete line of his work from the beginnings until the present days. Known for his “Invisible Man" photo-performance, Liu Bolin has through the years been working on different subsequent themes. Media as sculpture being one that can't be ignored, for they provide variation in his consistent research. Sculptures, as his photographs, show how the outside can blend with the inside and vice versa.

Liu Bolin's work requires meticulous planning and execution. It all lies in the perfection of the vision, whether it is an illusion or just a mirror surface. Known for his “Invisible Man" photo-performance, Liu Bolin has also through the years been working on different subsequent themes and media, as sculpture for instance. Liu Bolin uses the city around him as a backdrop, painting himself to blend in with a landscape in constant flux. By literally blending into the city, Liu creates a tension that challenges the viewer to question what is above and beneath the surface. For Liu, the most important element of his images is the background.

Each image requires rigorous planning and execution: as both artist and performer, Liu directs the photographer on how to compose each scene before entering the frame. Once situated, he puts on a monochromatic uniform, which he wears for all of his Invisible Man photographs and, with the help of an assistant and painter, is painted seamlessly into the scene. This process can sometimes take up to 10 hours with Liu having to stand perfectly still. Although the end result of Liu's process is the photograph, the tension between his body and the landscape is an important aspect to the process.

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Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Red No 1, Photography

Liu Bolin

Red No 1, 2012 90 x 120 cm Photography

$12,443

Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, 2017 15 x 17 cm Print

$518

Liu Bolin, Sketch, Fine Art Drawings

Liu Bolin

Sketch, 2019 27 x 37.5 cm Fine Art Drawings

$2,281

Liu Bolin, Red Hand, Sculpture

Liu Bolin

Red Hand, 2006 53 x 15 x 12 cm Sculpture

$5,184

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city, Paris - n°14, Pharmacy, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city, Paris - n°14, Pharmacy, 2013 90 x 120 cm Photography

$13,479

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Screen in rest, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Screen in rest, 2017 90 x 120 cm Photography

$13,479

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Plastic Toys, Photography

Liu Bolin

Plastic Toys, 2015 90 x 120 cm Photography

$12,443

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Italy - Piazza di Spagna, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Piazza di Spagna, 2018 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - A family with unified thought, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - A family with unified thought, 2011 60 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Hiding in Italy - Mosè, San Pietro in Vincoli, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Mosè, San Pietro in Vincoli, 2018 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Hiding in Italy - Art Books no.2, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Art Books no.2, 2011 63 x 80 cm Photography

$13,479

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, 2017 120 x 90 cm Photography

$16,590

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Sleeping Lion, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Sleeping Lion, 2018 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Les demoiselles d’Avignon, Photography

Liu Bolin

Les demoiselles d’Avignon, 2018 90 x 90 cm Photography

$13,479

Liu Bolin, Mexican Wrestling Masks No 3, Photography

Liu Bolin

Mexican Wrestling Masks No 3, 2015 112.5 x 150 cm Photography

$15,553

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Hiding in Sweden - No. 1 Square, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Sweden - No. 1 Square, 2011 63 x 80 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Sketch, Fine Art Drawings

Liu Bolin

Sketch, 2019 27 x 37.5 cm Fine Art Drawings

$2,281

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, 2014 60 x 80 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - The Interitance of color and mask, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - The Interitance of color and mask, 2014 120 x 80 cm Photography

$13,479

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city -Paint Buckets, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city -Paint Buckets, 2017 90 x 120 cm Photography

$13,479

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city, Italy - Sala del Trono Reggia di Caserta, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city, Italy - Sala del Trono Reggia di Caserta, 2017 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Colosseo No.1, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Colosseo No.1, 2018 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Little Yellow Bicycle's Grave, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Little Yellow Bicycle's Grave, 2018 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Paris - Grand Palais, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Paris - Grand Palais, 2011 63 x 80 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Italy - Culture Public Library, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Culture Public Library, 2014 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city, Paris - n°6, Paris Archives, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city, Paris - n°6, Paris Archives, 2011 63 x 80 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Paris - No. 7, Graffiti, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Paris - No. 7, Graffiti, 2011 63 x 80 cm Photography

$13,479

Liu Bolin, Hiding in North Korea - The Theater Mural, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in North Korea - The Theater Mural, 2018 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Head Portrait, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Head Portrait, 2012 90 x 120 cm Photography

$13,479

Liu Bolin, Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom, 2013 90 x 120 cm Photography

$13,479

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang, 2018 68 x 90 cm Photography

$11,406

Liu Bolin, Red Hand, Sculpture

Liu Bolin

Red Hand, 2006 50 x 10 x 15 cm Sculpture

$5,184

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Delusions of grandeur, Photography

Liu Bolin

Delusions of grandeur, 2019 120 x 95 cm Photography

$13,479

Liu Bolin, Civilian and Policeman #2, Photography

Liu Bolin

Civilian and Policeman #2, 2006 24 x 18 cm Photography

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Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3, 2017 15 x 16.8 cm Print

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Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3, 2017 15 x 16.8 cm Print

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Liu Bolin, Hiding in the city - Tribute to Monet, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Tribute to Monet, 2016 120 x 120 cm Photography

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Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3, 2017 15 x 16.8 cm Print

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Liu Bolin, Liberty leading the People, Photography

Liu Bolin

Liberty leading the People, 2013 18 x 24 cm Photography

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Who is the artist?

Liu Bolin is born in 1973 in China where he lives and works.

Despite his worldwide fame, it is the first time ever in Shanghai one can see the complete line of his work from the beginnings until the present days. Known for his “Invisible Man" photo-performance, Liu Bolin has through the years been working on different subsequent themes. Media as sculpture being one that can't be ignored, for they provide variation in his consistent research. Sculptures, as his photographs, show how the outside can blend with the inside and vice versa.

Liu Bolin's work requires meticulous planning and execution. It all lies in the perfection of the vision, whether it is an illusion or just a mirror surface. Known for his “Invisible Man" photo-performance, Liu Bolin has also through the years been working on different subsequent themes and media, as sculpture for instance. Liu Bolin uses the city around him as a backdrop, painting himself to blend in with a landscape in constant flux. By literally blending into the city, Liu creates a tension that challenges the viewer to question what is above and beneath the surface. For Liu, the most important element of his images is the background.

Each image requires rigorous planning and execution: as both artist and performer, Liu directs the photographer on how to compose each scene before entering the frame. Once situated, he puts on a monochromatic uniform, which he wears for all of his Invisible Man photographs and, with the help of an assistant and painter, is painted seamlessly into the scene. This process can sometimes take up to 10 hours with Liu having to stand perfectly still. Although the end result of Liu's process is the photograph, the tension between his body and the landscape is an important aspect to the process.

What is Liu Bolin’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Emerging Asian Artists, Optical Illusions Photographers

When was Liu Bolin born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1973