Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin - Photo

(Shandong - China, 1973)


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 Bolin currently lives and works in Beijing.



Solo Exhibitions



"Disappearing" Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City" Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID.

"Liu Bolin: Hiding in Plain Sight" Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI."Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City" Cyrus M. Running Gallery, Concordia College, Moorhead MN.



"A Colorful World?" Klein Sun Gallery, New York, NY.

"In Plain Sight: Photographs by Liu Bolin" University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT.



"Mask" Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY

"Liu Bolin – ein Meister der Tarnung" Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany.

"Liu Bolin, Camouflages Urbains" Fondation d’Entreprise Espace Écureuil Pour l’Art Contemporain Toulouse, France.

"Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man" Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT.

"Invisible Man" Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China.



"Hidden Meaning: Contemporary Chinese Art by Liu Bolin" The Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.

"Liu Bolin" Photographers Limited Editions, Vienna, Austria.

"Liu Bolin: A Secret Tour" Museo H.C. Andersen, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.

"Lost in Art" Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY.

"The Invisible Man" Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia.

"Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body" California State University Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge, CA.



"The Invisible Man" Vänermuseet, Lidköping, Sweden.

"The Invisible Man" Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY.

"The Invisible Man" Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.



"Hiding in Italy" Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Milano, Italy.

"Hiding in the City" El Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela.

"Liu Bolin" Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing, China.

"On Fire" Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY.



"Liu Bolin" Bridge Art Center, Beijing, China.

"Liu Bolin: China Report 2007" Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY.



"Sculpture" Hotsun Art Space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China.

"Distortion" Hotsun Art Space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China.



"Liu Bolin’s Sculpture" Passage Gallery, Beijing, China.



Group Exhibitions



"Art From The Streets” CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"In Plain Sight: The Natural Story of Camouflage & Concealment” Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK.

"Up in Arms: Taking Stock of Guns” Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT.

"We Are What We Eat” Main entrance lobby of United Nations Visitor Center, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY.

"Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents" New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

"21c at 10: A Global Gathering” 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY.

"Seeing Now” 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, OH.



"Camaleón" Centro Roberto Garza Sada, Universidad de Monterrey, Cuauhtémoc, México.

"A Touch of Classics: 100 Chinese Contemporary Works - Charles Jing Collection of Original Photo Prints" China Millennium Monument Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"L’uomo Nel Paesaggio" San Pietro in Atrio, Como, Italy.

"Immortal Present: Art and East Asia" Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA.

"Target" Bienal de Performance 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"Focus on the Future – What Makes Us 'Us'" Tokyo International Photography Festival, Art Factory Jonanjima, Tokyo, Japan.

"Psycho/Somatic: Visions of the body in Contemporary East Asian Art" John N. Stern Gallery, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH.

"INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship" North Wing of The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, UK.



"The Camera’s Eye" PHOTOJAX 2014, Jacksonville, FL.

"Pho-to-graffs: Images of Hip Hop, Grafitti, and Urban Culture" Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, NY.

"Intersection: Painting, Drawing, and Photography" Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA.

"Challenge the Tradition ¬– 20th Century Western Classical and Chinese Contemporary Photography" Inside - Out Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"Seeing the Unseen" The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL.

"Les Esthétiques d’un Monde Désenchanté" Le Centre d'art Contemporain de Meymac, Meymac, France.

"East by South East" OBS Gallery, Tonbridge School, Kent, England."Chinese Contemporary Photography: 2009 – 2014" Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China.



"TED 2013" The Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA.

"Portrait(s) Festival" Culture Centre Valery-Larbaud, Vichy, France.

"Inner Journeys" Maison Paticulière Art Center, Brussels, Belgium.

"Religion, Ritual, and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art" Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.

"Skin Trade" PPOW Gallery, New York, NY.

"10 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003 – 2013" Jonathan LeVine Gallery pop-up space, New York, NY.

"War Zone Home" John Jay College of Criminal Justice Art Gallery, New York, NY.

"Incarnations, Photographie-Performance de Chine" Institut Confucius des Pays de la Loire d’Angers, Angers, France.

"Aura and Post Aura" The First Beijing Photography Biennale, China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China.



"Changement de Décor" Festival des Arts Visuels de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland.

"Bienne Festival of Photography" Bienne, Switzerland.

"Harper’s Bazaar: Inside the Magazine" Yermilov Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine; Korobchinskiy Center, Odessa, Ukraine; Izolyatsia, Donetsk, Ukraine; Museum of Modern Art, Kiev, Ukraine.

"Abwehr. Überlebensstrategien in Natur, Wirtschaft, Politik und Alltag" Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland.

"Performing for the Camera" Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ.



"Exhibition of the Neuflize Collection MAC de Marseille" Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, Marseille, France.

"Réinvestir la Planète" Villa de Levallois, Levallois, France.

"Urban Play" Landgent Center, Beijing, China.

"Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China" Blackbridge Hall Gallery, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.

"Fotográfica Bogotá", Museo Nacional de la Fotografía del Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.

"Black and White" Zero Art Center, 798 District, Beijing, China.



"The Right to Protest" Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel.

"Reflection of Minds - MoCA Shanghai Envisage III" Shanghai MoCA, Shanghai, China.

"Passing China" Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey.

"HomeLessHome" Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel.

"Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal" Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA.2009

"Animamix Biennial" Shanghai MoCA, Shanghai, China; Taipei MoCA, Taipei, Taiwain; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China,

"Shore – Contemporary Academy Sculpture Exhibition" Moon River Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"Blank – Making Life" Zhongjian Art Museum, Beijing, China.

"International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition" Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, Korea.

"Erotic – Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition" DadiRui City Exhibition Center, Jinan, China.
"The Big World: Recent Art from China" Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.

"Passing By China" Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY.

"Camouflages" La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain.



"Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers" Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, ME.

"Mixed Maze – Group Photography Exhibition" Red Mansion Foundation, London, England.

"New Middle Kingdom" Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, England.

"Force-Form" International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bridge Art Center, Beijing, China.

"International Exhibition" Roma International Contemporary and Modern Art Center, Roma, Italy.



"China Now: Lost in Transition" Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY.

"Since…Contemporary Art Exhibition" Gao Brothers Beijing Art Center, Beijing, China.

"Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition" Millennium Monument, Beijing, China.

"Memory: Contemporary Art Exhibition" New York Art Center, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China.

"Les Rencontres d'Arles," Arles, France.

"Made in China - Chinese Contemporary Art" Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China.

"Union - Exhibition of Chinese and Chile Artists" No. 1 China Art Base, Beijing, China.

"Union in June" Chinese Performance Art Exhibition, Songzhuang, Beijing, China.

"Resettling - SuoJia Village Modern Art Exhibition" Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen, Beijing, China.

"The First ‘Breathing’ - Shandong Modern Art Exhibition" Shandong Museum, Shandong, China.



"Songzhuang Art Festival" Songzhuang Art Zone, Beijing, China.

"Qingzhou International Contemporary Art Exhibition" Qingzhou Museum, Shandong, China.

"Third Contemporary Art Exhibition" Sunshine International Museum, Beijing, China."Contemporary Art Exhibition of Dismantle" Xiyuantianlu Business Hotel, Beijing, China.



"Beijing Calligraphy Exhibition" Maside Art Center, Beijing, China.

"Luxury Times" Chang Chau Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tianjin Harbor Plaza, Tianjin, China.

"Dismantle-Dismantle-Dismantle" Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen, Beijing, China.

"Considerable" West Lake International Sculpture Exhibition, Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China.



"The Second Invitational Sculpture Exhibition of Contemporary Young Sculptors" Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China.



"Works Exhibition" The First China Sculpture Competition, China.



"The Second Metals Work Exhibition" CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China.





21c Museum, Louisville, KY.

88-MOCCA, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.

ARTantide Museum, Verona, Italy.

AT&T Art Collection, Dallas, TX.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD.

Banca Aletti, Milan, Italy.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME.

Biblioteca Capitolare, Verona, Italy.

Collection SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE, France.

Collection NEUFLIZE VIE, Paris, France.

Dslcollection, Paris, France.

The Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston, MA.

Fist Art Foundation, Dorado, Puerto Rico.

FMAC, Paris, France.

Fondation Ariane de Rothschild, Madrid, Spain

Fondation Frances, Senlis, France.

Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Gold Museum, Bogotá, Colombia.

Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany.

M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong.MART, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy.

Museo Enzo Ferrari, Modena, Italy.

Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel.

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ.

The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK.

Symbolic Collection, San Diego, CA.

Teutloff Photo & Video Collection, Bielefeld, Germany.

Unicredit Group, Milan, Italy.



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