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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 Bolin 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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All artworks of Liu Bolin
Photography, Fruit juices, Liu Bolin

Fruit juices

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm Photography - 26.8 x 35.4 inch

$13,757

Sculpture, Red Hand, Liu Bolin

Red Hand

Liu Bolin

Sculpture - 53 x 15 x 12 cm Sculpture - 20.9 x 5.9 x 4.7 inch

$5,592

Photography, HK message wall, Liu Bolin

HK message wall

Liu Bolin

Photography - 67.5 x 90 cm Photography - 26.6 x 35.4 inch

$13,757

Photography, Supplies for 2 months of home quarantine, Liu Bolin

Supplies for 2 months of home quarantine

Liu Bolin

Photography - 67.5 x 90 cm Photography - 26.6 x 35.4 inch

$13,757

Photography, 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 Photography - 35.4 x 47.2 inch

$16,218

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

Hiding in the city - Sleeping Lion

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm Photography - 26.8 x 35.4 inch

$13,757

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

Hiding in the city - Screen in rest

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 120 cm Photography - 35.4 x 47.2 inch

$16,218

Photography, 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 Photography - 23.6 x 35.4 inch

$13,757

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

Hiding in Italy - Piazza di Spagna

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm Photography - 26.8 x 35.4 inch

$13,757

Photography, Hiding in Paris - Grand Palais, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Paris - Grand Palais

Liu Bolin

Photography - 63 x 80 cm Photography - 24.8 x 31.5 inch

$13,757

Photography, Les demoiselles d’Avignon, Liu Bolin

Les demoiselles d’Avignon

Liu Bolin

Photography - 90 x 90 cm Photography - 35.4 x 35.4 inch

$16,777

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

Hiding in the city - Supermarket Pyongyang

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm Photography - 26.8 x 35.4 inch

$13,757

Sculpture, Red Hand, Liu Bolin

Red Hand

Liu Bolin

Sculpture - 50 x 10 x 15 cm Sculpture - 19.7 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch

$5,592

Photography, Red No 1, Liu Bolin

Red No 1

Liu Bolin

Photography - 135 x 180 cm Photography - 53.1 x 70.9 inch

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

Hiding in Italy - Culture Public Library

Liu Bolin

Photography - 68 x 90 cm Photography - 26.8 x 35.4 inch

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Photography, Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, Liu Bolin

Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine

Liu Bolin

Photography - 120 x 90 cm Photography - 47.2 x 35.4 inch

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Photography, Civilian and Policeman #2, Liu Bolin

Civilian and Policeman #2

Liu Bolin

Photography - 24 x 18 cm Photography - 9.4 x 7.1 inch

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Print, Supermarket #3, Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3

Liu Bolin

Print - 15 x 16.8 cm Print - 5.9 x 6.6 inch

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Print, Supermarket #3, Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3

Liu Bolin

Print - 15 x 16.8 cm Print - 5.9 x 6.6 inch

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Print, Supermarket #3, Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3

Liu Bolin

Print - 15 x 16.8 cm Print - 5.9 x 6.6 inch

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Photography, Liberty leading the People, Liu Bolin

Liberty leading the People

Liu Bolin

Photography - 18 x 24 cm Photography - 7.1 x 9.4 inch

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What are their 3 main works?
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