Name: Liu Bolin
Hails from: Beijing, China
Occupation: Visual Artist
Known for: Appearing to disappear. China Daily just did a feature on Liu, a Chinese performance artist who camouflages himself into everyday surroundings for photographs using an awe-inspiring combination of paint and patience. Liu has created over 80 “invisible” works since 2006 and has been featured in museums across Europe and the US–one of the few modern Chinese artists to be recognized by the worldwide art market.
Like a whisper, Liu’s touch is gentle, but his pieces ask loud questions. He focused on the impact of demolition of civic buildings after witnessing the destruction of his home in Suojiacun village, an enclave for young artists (it was rumored that the radical art was making the government nervous). “I agree that an individual can sacrifice for the collective benefit and perhaps our government has reason to demolish the civic houses for development,” he notes. “But in the first place, we all need to ask ourselves are we heading in the right way?”
Invisible, yes. Unseen? Not a chance.
See Art Therapy’s top 12 Liu Bolin pics here.
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