Born in 1973, Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist. He studied for his BA at the Shandong University of Arts, Jinan, China, and he currently lives and works in Beijing, China. He says that ‘after graduating from school I couldn’t find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society’.
Instead he has started creating a series of art works, called ‘Hiding in the City’ which he describes as a commentary on his place in society, saying that he is ‘undervalued’ in his home country.
Liu Bolin creates scenes in which he is painted so that he blends into the background. Working with a couple of assistants, it can take up to 10 hours to create one of these images. Passers by can be unaware of him until he steps out of the background, breaking the almost perfect illusion, and gives them a shock!
He has travelled around the world, creating his amazing illusions in a number of countries. He says that he ‘experienced the dark side of socity, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me’. However as his work becomes increasingly famous and is seen by people all around the world, maybe those feelings will change. I suppose you have to ask if his increasing popularity will change his approach to his art…