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Liu Bolin

China Born in: 1973 Bestsellers Masterpieces

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

Liu Bolin

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

$12,440

Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

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

$622

Liu Bolin, Sketch, Fine Art Drawings

Liu Bolin

Sketch, 2019
27 x 37.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,737

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

$12,440

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

Liu Bolin

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

$12,440

Liu Bolin, Mexican Wrestling Masks No 3, Photography

Liu Bolin

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

$18,660

Liu Bolin, Red No 1, Photography

Liu Bolin

Red No 1, 2012
90 x 120 cm
Photography

$14,928

Liu Bolin, Plastic Toys, Photography

Liu Bolin

Plastic Toys, 2015
90 x 120 cm
Photography

$14,928

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

Liu Bolin

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

$12,440

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

Liu Bolin

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

$12,440

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

$14,928

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Paris - Grand Palais, Photography

Liu Bolin

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

$12,440

Liu Bolin, Les demoiselles d’Avignon, Photography

Liu Bolin

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

$16,172

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

$14,928

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

Liu Bolin

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

$12,440

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, 2017
120 x 150 cm
Photography

$18,660

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

$18,660

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

$12,440

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

$12,440

Liu Bolin, Sketch, Fine Art Drawings

Liu Bolin

Sketch, 2019
27 x 37.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,737

Liu Bolin, Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom, 2013
120 x 150 cm
Photography

$18,660

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Mexico - Mexican Wrestling Masks, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Mexico - Mexican Wrestling Masks, 2015
120 x 150 cm
Photography

$18,660

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, Supermarket #3, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3, 2017
15 x 16.8 cm
Print

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

Liu Bolin

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

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Liu Bolin, Red Hand, Sculpture

Liu Bolin

Red Hand, 2006
50 x 10 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$6,220

Liu Bolin, Red Hand, Sculpture

Liu Bolin

Red Hand, 2006
53 x 15 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$6,220

Liu Bolin, Liberty leading the People, Photography

Liu Bolin

Liberty leading the People, 2013
18 x 24 cm
Photography

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