Bolin Liu


Bolin Liu


" All chameleon species are able to change their skin colour. Rattlesnake can bury most of the body in sand soil. […] Human beings are not animals. Because they do not know how to protect themselves "



Born in 1973 in the northern province of Shandong, Liu Bolin trained at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts, a student of the renowned artist Sui Jianguo, who mentored him at the beginning of his career.
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.
Liu Bolin is best known for his series of performance photography Hiding in the City.
Since his first solo show 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 Recontres d'Arles at Dashanzi Art Zone in Beijing, and he  had  solo  shows  at  Fotografiska  Museet  in  Stockholm,  H.C.  Andersen Museum in Rome, Forma Foundation in Milan, at Dashamzi Art Zone (Beijing) Photography Galerie Bertin-Toublanc and Paris-Beijing in Paris, Eli Klein Fine Art in New York, Boxart Gallery in Verona, Magda Gallery in Shanghai.
He took part to 2013 edition of the annual TED global conversation in Los Angeles (NY).
He now lives and works in Beijing.


1973   Born in Shandong province China
1995   Graduated from the Art Department of Shandong Arts Institute with a bachelor degree
2001   Graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master degree

 Selected Solo Show    

“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    

“Retrospective”, Magda Gallery, Shanghai, China
“Hide in the city”, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia
“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
“Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body,” California State University Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge CA    

“The Invisible Man,” Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
 “Liu Bolin,” Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
“The Invisible Man,” Vänermuseet, Lidköping, Sweden Paris-Beijing photo gallery 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China    

“Hiding in Italy”, Fondazione FORMA per la Fotografia, Milano, Italy
 “Hiding in the City,” Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela Sunshine International Art Museum, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
“Hiding in the City”, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California, USA
“Liu Bolin”, Young Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium
Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA    
"Hiding in the City" Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona, Spain
"Getting Accustomed to Being Impermanent" Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China
"Hiding in the City" Yu Gallery, Paris, France

“Hide and seek”, Boxart Galleria d’Arte di Verona, Italy
Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Bertin--Toublanc Gallery, Paris, France
Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, 798 Art Zone,Beijing, China
Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Bridge Art Center, Beijing, China
Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China
Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Hotsun Art Space,798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
Liu Bolin's live Solo Exhibition, Adler Gallery, Paris, France Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Ifa Gallery, Shanghai,China
Liu Bolin solo Exhibition, Eli Klein Gallery, New York, USA    

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Bertin-Toublanc Gallery, Miami, USA Sculptures Exhibition of Liu Bolin, Hotsun Art Space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China “Distortion” Exhibition of Liu Bolin, Hotsun Art Space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
Photo Solo Exhibition, Bertin-Toublanc Gallery Paris, France    

Haiyang Sculpture Works Exhibition, Beijing Passage, Beijing, China    

Haiyang Works Exhibition, Shandong province, China            

 Selected Group Show

“The Camera’s Eye,” PHOTOJAX 2014, Jacksonville, FL
“East Wing Biennial: INTERACT,” The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London, England
“Pho-to-graffs: Images of Hip Hop, Grafitti, and Urban Culture,” Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, NY    

“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
“Skin Trade,” PPOW, New York, NY “10 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003 – 2013,” Wooster Collective, New York, NY
“War Zone Home,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice Art Gallery, New York, NY
“Incarnations,” 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
“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  
“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 Biennale, Museo de Fotografía, Bogotá, Columbia
“Black and White,” Zero Art Museum, Beijing, China    

“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
“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,” 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
“Camouflage,” La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain 2008

International Art Exhibition Sunshine Museum, Songzhuang Art Zone, Beijing ,China
“Being” Contemporary art Exhibition, Jinan, Shandong province, China Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Liverpool, Great Britain
"Force-Form" International Contemporary Art, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China Exhibition, The Converted-Image, Dax Art Space, Beijing, China    

Modern China: Lost in Transition, Eli Klein Gallery, New York, USA Computer Men Art Exhibition, Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China
“Far Away From City” Photography Group Exhibition, Ifa Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China Song Zhuang Art Festival-2007 Chinese Visual Files, Songzhuang Art Zone, China Cooperation-Group Exhibition of Chinese and Chile, Artists No.1 Art Base, Beijing, China Made in Bei Jing--Chinese Contemporary Art, Korea. Olympic Sculptures International Exhibition, Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
“Memory” Contemporary Art Exhibition, New York Art Center,798 Art Zone, Beijing, China Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, New Gallery, Houston, USA ARLES International Photo Exhibition, Arles, France United Exhibition of Communities at the foot of the Great Wall Red Gate Gallery, Beijing,China Made in China--Chinese Contemporary Art, Duolun Museum of Modem Art, Shanghai, China
“Union” Exhibition of Chinese and Overseas Artists No.1 Art Base, Beijing, China
“Union in June” Chinese Performance Art Exhibition Songzhuang Art Zone, Beijing, China
“China Dream” Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition Adler Garlley, Paris, France
“Back” United Exhibition of Three Artist Hotsun Art Space, Beijing, China “After…”Contemporary Art Exhibition New Art Project 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China Resetting—Suojia Village Contemporary, Art Exhibition Suojia Village, Beijing, China
“Review Exhibition of Chinese Performance Art Photos” Ying Gallery, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
“Off centre Generation—Post-1970s Group Exhibition” 751 Space, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China The First
“Breathing” Shan Dong Contemporary Art Great Exhibition, Jinan, Shandong province, China

China Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bertin-Toublanc Gallery,Paris, France

The Second“impact power”Contemporary Art Exhibition Songzhuang Art Zone, Beijing, China
“Visit by yourself” Exhibition Songzhuang Art Zone,Beijing, China Beijing  View Exhibition, Ner Art Project Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China Satellite  Exhibition Shanghai, China Qingzhou  International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Qingzhou Museum, Shandong, China Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition, Korea “Redstar,Redstar, Redstar” Contemporary Art Exhibition Red Star Gallery Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China Nan Jing
“Reference inside and outside” Exhibition Nanjing, China

“Demolish CHINA”, Beijing Contemporary Art Exhibition 751 Factory, Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China Sculpture Exhibition for 2008 Olympic, Jintai Museum,Beijing, China Opening of Beijing Distillery Art studio, Beijing Wine Factory Art Zone, China
"Grey and red" Contemporary Art Exhibition, Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China

Contemporary Art Exhibition of Dismantle at Xiyuantianlu Business Hall, Beijing, China
Beijing Calligraphy Exhibition, be Art Centre , Dashanzi Art Zone, Beijing, China.
Luxury times -- Tianjin Harbour Plaza Cheung Chau, Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tianjin ,China
“Dismantle -dismantle–dismantle”, Contemporary Art Exhibition of Beijing Suojia Village International Arts Camp, Beijing, China    

"Life is Beautiful" --2001 West Lake International, Sculpture Exhibition Hangzhou Art Museum, China
The Second Invited Sculpture Works Exhibition of Contemporary Young Sculptor, Hangzhou Art Museum, China
The First Sculpture Competition Exhibition, Fujian, China    

The Second Metals Work Exhibition of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China  


Winner at “Premio Aletti per la Fotografia” with “Teatro alla Scala n°1”


MART, Museum of modern and contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto
Aletti Bank
Unicredit Group