The Future, 2015
Archival pigment print 
53 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches (135 x 180 cm)

London No.2 - Charing Cross, 2014
Archival pigment print 
53 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches (135 x 180 cm)

Hiding in London No. 3 - Underground Escalators, 2014
Archival pigment print
53 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches (135 x 180 cm)

Hiding in California No.1

Hiding in California No. 1 - TED, 2013
Archival pigment print
44 1/4 x 59 inches (112.5 x 150 cm)

Hiding in California No.2

Liu Bolin, Hiding in California No. 2 - Hollywood, 2013
Archival pigment print
44 1/4 x 59 inches (112.5 x 150 cm)

Hiding in Colombia - Gold Museum, 2013
Archival pigment print 
53 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches (135 x 180 cm)

 

Hiding in the City - Art No.1, 2013
Archival pigment print 
59 x 98 3/8 inches (150 x 250 cm)

Hiding in New York No. 7 - Made in China, 2012
Archival pigment print
44 1/4 x 59 inches (112.5 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City - Mobile Phone, 2012
Archival pigment print 
44 1/4 x 59 inches (112.5 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City - Red Door, 2012
Archival pigment print 
53 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches (135 x 180 cm)

Hiding in the City - Red No. 2, 2012
Archival pigment print
44 1/4 x 59 inches (112.5 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City - Sunflower, 2012
Archival pigment print 
53 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches (135 x 180 cm)

Hiding in New York No.1

Hiding in New York No. 1 - Wall Street Bull, 2011
Archival pigment print
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

 

Liu Bolin, Hiding in New York No. 3 - Magazine Rack, 2011
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City No. 96 - Supermarket No. 3, 2011
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City - Vegetables, 2011
Archival pigment print 
44 1/4 x 59 inches (112.5 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City - Panda, 2011
Archival pigment print 
47 1/4 x 63 inches (120 x 160 cm)

Hiding in the City - Info Wall, 2011
Archival pigment print 
46 3/4 x 59 inches (118.8 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City No.99

Hiding in the City No. 99 - Three Goddesses, 2011
Archival pigment print
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City No.91 - Great Wall, 2010
Archival pigment print 
39 3/8 x 59 inches (100 x 150 cm)

Teatro alla Scala, 2010
Archival pigment print
37 3/8 x 47 1/4 inches (95 x 120 cm)

 

Royal Box at Teatro alla Scala, 2010
Archival pigment print
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (120 x 120 cm)

Ponte di Rialto, 2010
Archival pigment print 
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (120 x 120 cm)

 

Hiding in the City No. 94 - In the Woods, 2010
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City No.51 - Road Block, 2007
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City No. 41 - Open Field of Finance, 2007
Archival pigment print
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City No. 36 - Unity to Promote Education, 2006
Archival pigment print 
46 1/2 x 59 inches (118 x 150 cm)

Hiding in the City No. 9 - Boyfriend, 2006
Archival pigment print
63 x 32 1/2 inches (160 x 82.5 cm)

 

 

Hiding in the City No. 12 - The Girl, 2006
Archival pigment print
63 x 40 inches (160 x 102 cm)

 

Hiding in the City No. 16 - People's Policeman, 2006
Archival pigment print
63 x 39 1/2 inches (160 x 100 cm)

 

Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shandong, China and studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, graduating with an MFA in 2001.  

Better known as “The Invisible Man” in media circles, Liu Bolin sprang from a generation of artists struggling with the consequences of the Cultural Revolution and the rapid economic development in the decades after. He discusses the social concerns of his home country through his artistic practice, most prominently through his ‘camouflage’ installations. Traversing mediums such as performance, photography and social activism, Liu Bolin dissects the tense relationship between the individual and society by ‘disappearing’ into environments which are sites of intrigue, contention, and criticism. His "Hiding in the City" series has been displayed in numerous museums and institutions across the globe. Inspired by his powerful visual messages, artists, institutions, and organizations such The Louvre (Paris, France), Harper's Bazaar Magazine, JR, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jon Bon Jovi and Kenny Scharf have invited Liu Bolin to collaborate on creative projects. In 2013, Liu presented a TED talk in Long Beach, California. In 2015, Liu was selected by United Nations backed campaign The Global Goals to create an image that conveyed 17 goals – including ending poverty, encouraging sustainable development and fight inequality and injustice – where he hid himself within 193 flags of the world. In 2016 he participated in a collaboration with Annie Leibovitz and Moncler for their Spring/Summer 2017 Campaign. 

Liu’s work has been exhibited worldwide in solo shows including the exhibitions Ghost Stories, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (2017); Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City, Boise Art Museum, ID (2015); Disappearing, Museo de Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015); Liu Bolin, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI (2015); Liu Bolin, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany (2013); Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, VT (2013); Liu Bolin, The Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (2012-2013); Liu Bolin: A Secret Tour, Museo H.C. Andersen, Galleria Nazionale d’ArteModerna, Rome, Italy (2012); The Invisible Man, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia (2012), The Invisible Man, Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2011); Hiding in Italy, Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Milano, Italy (2010); and Hiding in the City, El Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Venezuela (2010). His group shows include Festival Portrait(s), Ville de Vichy, Vichy, France (2017); Biennale Archipelago Mediterranean, Cultural Shipyards alla Zisa - Palermo Dusseldorf Pavilion, Palermo, Italy; “40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (1976 - 2017)", Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China; Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT (2016); Sublimina, Museo Delle Mura, Rome, Italy (2016); Chinascape: From Rural to Urban, Spazioborgogno, Milan, Italy (2016); In Plain Sight: The Natural Story of Camouflage & Concealment, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK (2016); Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (2016); Art From The Streets, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016); We Are What We Eat, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY (2016); TAKE ME OUT, Chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); Focus on the Future – What Makes Us, Tokyo International Photography Festival, Art Factory, Jonanjima, Japan (2015); Immortal Present: Art and East Asia, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA (2015); INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship, North Wing of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, UK (2015); Chinese Contemporary Photography: 2009-2014, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); East by South East, OBS Gallery, Tonbridge School, Kent, UK (2014); Seeing the Unseen, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL (2014); Religion, Ritual, and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH (2013); TED 2013, The Long Beach Performing Arts Center, CA (2013); Incarnations, Photographie, Performance de Chine, Institut Confucius des Pays de la Loire d’Angers, France (2013); Inner Journeys, Maison Paticulière Art Center, Brussels, Belgium (2013); Harper’s Bazaar: Inside the Magazine, Yermilov Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine; Korobchinskiy Center, Odessa, Ukraine; Izolyatsia, Donetsk, Ukraine; Museum of Modern Art, Kiev, Ukraine (2012); Performing for the Camera, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ (2012); Changement de Décor, Festival des Arts Visuels de Vevey, Switzerland (2012); Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China, Biennale della Fotografia, Bogotá, Colombia (2011); Back and White, Zero Art Center, Beijing, China (2011); Exhibition of the Neuflize Collection MAC de Marseille, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, France (2011); The Right to Protest, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel (2010); The Big World: Recent Art from China, Chicago Cultural Center, IL (2009); Animamix Biennial, Shanghai MoCA, China; Taipei MoCA, Taiwan; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2009); International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Seoul Art Museum, Korea (2009), and Les Rencontres d'Arles, France (2007). Liu Bolin's work is included in highly prestigious individual, corporate, foundation, and museum collections worldwide.

Liu Bolin currently lives and works in Beijing.