Born in 1973 in Shandong.
A graduate from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995, Liu went on to obtain his Master of Fine Arts from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. Having come of age during the early 1990s, Liu had witnessed the country’s rapid economic growth and with it, extensive destruction of historical sites and the consequent social instability. Best known as « The Invisible Man », Liu would cover himself with paint to perfectly « disappear » into the background; his « Hiding in the city » series of photographic works was originally inspired by the destruction of Suo Jia Cun, one of Beijing’s largest artist villages, in 2005.
« I was a meaningless person, according to society. Those years made me feel like people can exist or completely disappear. » – Liu Bolin