Beijing-based camouflage artist Liu Bolin graduated with a bachelor degree from the Art Department of Shandong Arts Institute and holds a master degree from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts. Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Bolin employs photography as a means to explore Chinese identity while silently protesting against the oppressive government – an attempt that was born out of the eviction and subsequent destruction of his Beijing studio in 2005. With the help of an assistant and painter, the artist is seamlessly painted into the scene and literally blends into his surroundings. Bolin challenges the viewer to question what is on and beneath the surface and stands up for all those who are rendered invisible by the government. His silent protest has reached worldwide attention, having exhibited in numerous Galleries, including the Klein Sun Gallery in New York, the Scream Gallery in London and the Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery in Bejing. For more information visit his website www.liubolinart.com.
Whom do you look up to?
Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.
What made you want to become an artist?
To be an artist is a dream of mine from the childhood.
How would you describe yourselve in one sentence?
I use my own way to express my own life.
Quotes and Wisdoms
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is making something from impossible to possible.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
A distant journey tests the strength of a horse and a long task proves the character of a man. Don’t be afraid of the difficulties you face now, your dream will support you till the end.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Try to know yourself, to explore from your heart what kind of thing you want to do, and then work.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Keep on working like this without any suspicion, you will win the game finally.
All images © Liu Bolin