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Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin

China • Born in: 1973

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Chinese artists

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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Sculpture

Fine Art Drawings

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

Hiding in the city, Paris - n°14, Pharmacy

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm

€13,000

Sketch, Liu Bolin

Sketch

Liu Bolin

Fine Art Drawings - 27 x 37.5 cm

€2,200

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes

Liu Bolin

Print - 15 x 17 cm

€500

Sketch, Liu Bolin

Sketch

Liu Bolin

Fine Art Drawings - 27 x 37.5 cm

€2,200

Plastic Toys, Liu Bolin

Plastic Toys

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm

€12,000

Hiding in Sweden - No. 1 Square, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Sweden - No. 1 Square

Liu Bolin

Photography - 63 x 80 cm

€11,000

Hiding in the city - Screen in rest, Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Screen in rest

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm

€13,000

Hiding in Italy - Piazza di Spagna, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Piazza di Spagna

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

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

Hiding in the city - A family with unified thought

Liu Bolin

Photography - 60 x 90 cm

€11,000

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

Hiding in Italy - Art Books no.2

Liu Bolin

Photography - 63 x 80 cm

€13,000

Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine

Liu Bolin

Photography - 120 x 90 cm

€16,000

Hiding in the city - Sleeping Lion, Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Sleeping Lion

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

Hiding in Italy - Mosè, San Pietro in Vincoli, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Mosè, San Pietro in Vincoli

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

Mexican Wrestling Masks No 3, Liu Bolin

Mexican Wrestling Masks No 3

Liu Bolin

Photography - 112.5 x 150 cm

€15,000

Les demoiselles d’Avignon, Liu Bolin

Les demoiselles d’Avignon

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 90 cm

€13,000

Hiding in North Korea - The Theater Mural, Liu Bolin

Hiding in North Korea - The Theater Mural

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

Hiding in the city - Head Portrait, Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Head Portrait

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm

€13,000

Hiding in the city -Paint Buckets, Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city -Paint Buckets

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm

€13,000

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

Hiding in the city - Colosseo No.1

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

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

Hiding in the city - Little Yellow Bicycle's Grave

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

Hiding in Paris - Grand Palais, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Paris - Grand Palais

Liu Bolin

Photography - 63 x 80 cm

€11,000

Hiding in Italy - Culture Public Library, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Culture Public Library

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom, Liu Bolin

Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm

€13,000

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

Hiding in the city, Paris - n°6, Paris Archives

Liu Bolin

Photography - 63 x 80 cm

€11,000

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

Hiding in Paris - No. 7, Graffiti

Liu Bolin

Photography - 63 x 80 cm

€13,000

Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin, Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Sleeping loin

Liu Bolin

Photography - 60 x 80 cm

€11,000

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

Hiding in the city - The Interitance of color and mask

Liu Bolin

Photography - 120 x 80 cm

€13,000

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

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

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang, Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm

€11,000

Delusions of grandeur, Liu Bolin

Delusions of grandeur

Liu Bolin

Photography - 120 x 95 cm

€13,000

Civilian and Policeman #2, Liu Bolin

Civilian and Policeman #2

Liu Bolin

Photography - 24 x 18 cm

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Hiding in the city - Tribute to Monet, Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Tribute to Monet

Liu Bolin

Photography - 120 x 120 cm

Sold

Liberty leading the People, Liu Bolin

Liberty leading the People

Liu Bolin

Photography - 18 x 24 cm

Sold

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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