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Liu Bolin

China Born in: 1973 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, Red Hand, Sculpture

Liu Bolin

Red Hand, 2006
19.7 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 6,291

Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, 2017
5.9 x 6.7 inch
Print

$ 629

Liu Bolin, Red No 1, Photography

Liu Bolin

Red No 1, 2012
35.4 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$ 15,099

Liu Bolin, Red Hand, Sculpture

Liu Bolin

Red Hand, 2006
20.9 x 5.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 6,291

Liu Bolin, Plastic Toys, Photography

Liu Bolin

Plastic Toys, 2015
35.4 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$ 15,099

Liu Bolin, Mexican Wrestling Masks No 3, Photography

Liu Bolin

Mexican Wrestling Masks No 3, 2015
44.3 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$ 18,874

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

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Italy - Culture Public Library, 2014
26.8 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$ 12,583

Liu Bolin, Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Spain - Spain Magazine, 2017
47.2 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$ 18,874

Liu Bolin, Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom, Photography

Liu Bolin

Hiding in France - Graffiti Freedom, 2013
47.2 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$ 18,874

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

Liu Bolin

Hiding in Mexico - Mexican Wrestling Masks, 2015
47.2 x 59.1 inch
Photography

$ 18,874

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

Liu Bolin

Hiding in the city - Tribute to Monet, 2016
47.2 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$ 16,358

Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Civilian and Policeman #2, Photography

Liu Bolin

Civilian and Policeman #2, 2006
9.4 x 7.1 inch
Photography

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Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3, 2017
5.9 x 6.6 inch
Print

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Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3, 2017
5.9 x 6.6 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3, 2017
5.9 x 6.6 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Liu Bolin, Liberty leading the People, Photography

Liu Bolin

Liberty leading the People, 2013
7.1 x 9.4 inch
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