i’m jealous of liu bolin


What category am I supposed to put this under? Painting? Well, yes, he’s covered in paint. Installation? Kinda. Street art? I guess so. I should probably just start a new category called ‘Slightly Mind Blowing’. All of these pieces are from a series called Hiding in the City by Chinese artist Liu Bolin, also known as The Invisible Man. I’m sure you can see why… if you look really hard.

comments (5)

  1. Tricia /// 12.08.2009 /// 10:47am

    I LOVE this!

    So, does he get someone to just stand there the whole time while he paints over them? What a cool, cool concept!


  2. The Jealous Curator /// 12.08.2009 /// 1:44pm

    I have no idea. I’m guessing he photographs the setting, then goes away to come up with his meticulous plan, paints himself and then hops into position… ? That’s just a theory though ; )

  3. Isa Belle /// 01.11.2010 /// 12:39pm

    i skimmed through an article (or on tv.. gosh, my memory is failing me) on him while transiting from somewhere to somewhere…

    he will come up with a idea, and gets his team (a few young guys in their 20s) to start painting on him, while he lay / stand / sit still on location. (i assume he would have set up the camera angle and estimated lighting condition beforehand?)

    the process looked painstakingly long and zen.

  4. Manon /// 02.07.2010 /// 2:23pm

    This really is amazing! Love it!

  5. Eli Klein Fine Art /// 06.07.2011 /// 12:06pm

    Liu Bolin has been doing his Hiding in the City series since 2005. It started as a political commentary on the tensions between the Chinese government and their people and the identity an environment gives an individual and vice versa. Liu Bolin will be exhibiting at Eli Klein Fine Art in New York from June 29 – August 28, 2011. Eli Klein Fine Art represents him exclusively in North and South America. More images can be found on http://www.ekfineart.com.