Liu Bolin is a Chinese performance artist and photographer known for immersing himself in environments for his work, earning him the nickname “The Invisible Man.”
Born on January 7, 1973 in Shandong, China, he received his MFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2001. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
Liu’s Hiding in the City series obscures the artist by way of paint as camouflage, a “silent protest” as a form of social and political critique of his country’s practices in the years since its Cultural Revolution. Liu’s painted body fades into his landscapes. “Disappearing is not the main point of my work,” Liu has said. “It’s just the method I use to pass on a message… It’s my way to convey all the anxiety I feel for human beings.”
Liu is an artist with the ability to disappear in any surroundings. He became became popular for his mastery at the art of camouflaging himself against virtually any background. One single photo takes up to 10 hours to prepare – Liu uses himself as a blank canvas, and with a little help from an assistant, he paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him. The results are incredible – sometimes passers-by don’t even realize he is around until he moves.
While his camouflage artworks are really mind blowing, he’s here with a message: “The situation for artists in China is very difficult and the forced removal of the artist’s studio is in fact my direct inspiration of this series of photographs, Hiding In The City.
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