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BOLIN, Liu

PORTRAIT-BOLINBorn in 1973 in the province of Shandong, China. 

Lives and works in Beijing, China. 


His work has been exhibited in museums around the world. Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series; photographic works that began as performance art in 2005. Liu belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

Since his first solo shows in Beijing in 1998, Liu Bolin’s work has received international recognition. Among other international venues, his distinctive photographs and sculptures have been shown at the major contemporary photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles, where he took part, in 2007, in the collective exhibition Chai-na / China, and also made a camouflage performance. He had solo shows at Dashanzi Art Zone in Beijing (2007), Galerie Bertin-Toublanc in Paris (2007), Eli Klein Fine Art in New York (2008), Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris and Brussels (2013), Boxart Gallery in Verona (2008), Forma Foundation for Photography in Milan (2010).

In 2007, Liu Bolin created a photographic series called China Report, and in June 2011, he created his Hiding in New York series, in which he incorporated iconic New York sites into his work. In January 2013, Bolin created the artwork for New Jersey hard rock band Bon Jovi’s 2013 album What About Now.


Liu Bolin is represented by Eli Klein Fine Art in New York, NY. Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris and Brussels.