Liu Bolin (Chinese, b.1973) creates compelling works that combine Performance Art, photography, and protest. In his Camoflage Performance works, Liu covers himself in paint to immaculately fade into the backdrop of a photographed scene. Liu first attended the Shandong Arts Institute, later receiving an MFA in Sculpture from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. To create his works, Liu often chooses sites replete with symbols of China’s Cultural Revolution, or suggestive of the immense changes in the country since the fall of Mao Zedong’s regime.

With the help of assistants, he often takes up to 10 painstaking hours painting his own body to match a portion of the chosen site, before photographing himself standing within the scene as he blends into the background. Liu’s chosen sites range from the rubble of earthquakes in the Chinese countryside, to words from the Communist Manifesto scrawled on a wall. According to the artist, his Camoflage works are metaphors for the feeling of anonymity and ostracism he encounters as a Contemporary artist in China. After Chinese officials shut down his studio in 2005, his work became even more overtly political, in what the artist calls “a silent protest… a protest against the state.” Liu has exhibited his work in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, New York, Miami, and in other cities around the world. He currently lives and works in Beijing.


Born: Shandong, China
B.A., Shandong University of Arts, Jinan, China
M.F.A., Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Lives and works in Beijing, China


“Liu Bolin,” Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany (solo)
“Liu Bolin, Camouflages Urbains” Fondation d’Entreprise Espace Écureuil Pour l’Art Contemporain, Toulouse, France (solo)
“Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man,” Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT (solo)
“TED 2013,” The Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA
“Portrait(s),” 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
“Mask,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
“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
“D.E.F.E.N.C.E. – A Consideration of Various Strategies in Biology, Politics, Economy, Technology, Military, Psychology, Society, and Culture,” Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland
“Performing for the Camera,” Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
“Liu Bolin,” The Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton NY (solo)
“Liu Bolin,” Photographers Limited Editions, Vienna, Austria (solo)
“Liu Bolin: A Secret Tour,” Museo H.C. Andersen, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy (solo)
“Lost in Art,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
“The Invisible Man,” Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia (solo)
“Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body,” California State University Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge CA (solo)
“Liu Bolin,” Paris-Beijing Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
“Urban Play,” Landgent Center, Beijing, China
“Réinvestir la Planète,” Villa de Levallois, Levallois, France
“Exhibition of the Neuflize Collection MAC de Marseille,” Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, Marseille, France
“Black and White,” Zero Art Museum, Beijing, China
Fotográfica Biennale, Museo de Fotografía, Bogotá, Colombia
“Scenes from Within: Contemporary Art from China," Blackbridge Hall Gallery, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
“The Invisible Man,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
“The Invisible Man,” Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
“The Invisible Man,” Lake Vänern Museum, Lidköping, Sweden
“Hiding in Italy,” Forma Centro Internazionale Di Fotografia, Milano, Italy (solo)
“Hiding in the City,” Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela (solo)
Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing, China (solo)
“On Fire,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Du Monde, Hong Kong, China (solo)
Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
“Hiding in Italy,” Boxart Gallery, Verona, Italy (solo)
“The Right to Protest,” Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
“Reflection of Minds,” 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
“Animamix Biennial,” Shanghai MoCA, Shanghai, China; Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
“Hiding in the City,” Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
“Getting Accustomed to Being Impermanent,” Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
“Hiding in the City,” Yu Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
“Shore – Contemporary Academy Sculpture Exhibition,” Moon River Art Museum, Beijing, China
“Blank – Making China,” Zhongjian Art Museum, Beijing, China
“International Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition,” Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
“Erotic – Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition,” Dadi Rui 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
“Camouflage,” La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
“Hide and Seek,” Boxart Gallery, Verona, Italy (solo)
Bertin-Toublanc Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Hotsun Art Space, Beijing, China (solo)
Dong Lang Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
Bridge Art Center, Beijing, China (solo)
Mediterrance Gallery, Palermo, Italy (solo)
Ifa Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
“Liu Bolin Live,” Galerie Adler, Paris, France (solo)
“China Report 2007,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
“Mixed Maze – Group Photography Exhibition,” Red Mansion Foundation, London
“New Middle Kingdom,” Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, UK
“Force-Form,” International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bridge Art Center, Beijing, China
International Exhibition, Roma International Contemporary and Modern Art Center, Roma, Italy
Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
“Sculpture,” Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China (solo)
Bertin-Toublanc Gallery, Miami, FL (solo)
“Distortion,” Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China (solo)
Galerie Bertin-Toublanc, Paris, France (solo)
“China Now: Lost in Transition,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY
“Since,” Gao Brothers Art Center, Beijing, China
“Olympic Landscape Sculpture Exhibition,” Beijing, China
“Memory: Contemporary Art Exhibition,” New York Art Center, 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 - Suo Jia Village Modern Art Exhibition,” Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen, Beijing, China
“The First ‘Breathing’ - Shandong Modern Art Exhibition,” Shandong Museum, Shandong, China
Galerie Bertin-Toublanc, Paris, France (solo)
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
“Lead Times,” Chang Chau Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tianjin Harbor Plaza, Tianjin, China
“Di-Di-Dismantle,” Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen, Beijing, China
“Considerable,” West Lake International Sculpture Exhibition, Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
“Liu Bolin’s Sculpture,” Passage Gallery, Beijing, China (solo)
“The Second Invitational Sculpture Exhibition of Contemporary Young Sculptors,” Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
“Works Exhibition,” The First China Sculpture Competition, China
“Works Exhibition,” The First China Sculpture Competition, China
“Liu Bolin’s Works,” Ming Ren Gallery, Jinan, China (solo)
Haiyang Works Exhibition, Yantai, China (solo)