It needs more than a subtle eye to recognize Liu Bolin and his work. Though he happens to be an artist, another irony that clamps this artist is the fact that he comes from China. A place where though art exists yet the freedom of people to think and choose is taken away from them. Liu Bolin completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine art from a premier institutes like Shandong College of Arts and Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing respectively.
However his individual voice as an artist was not developed till the day he saw Police clamping down on people of his province Shandong. It was then that he decided to portray the conflict of individual and society going on in China according to The Daily Beast article on the artist.
The emotional turmoil that Liu Bolin went through while the destruction of his village by Policemen and his studio, caused the discovery of one of his most famous artworks till date where the artist gets himself painted as the background of his dilapidated studio and blends himself with all those objects that were lying behind him and got himself photographed.
The impact that it produced was that Liu Bolin could not be spotted being present in the picture and that is what earned him the title of “Invisible Man”. Liu Bolin is amongst those who received lot of help from internet in spreading his work across continents and sharing his artistic instincts through this platform.
The introduction of social media in 2005 also helped the artist generate awareness about his art and benefitted from internet meme. Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Philip Tinari told The Daily Beast that though he’s quite impressed by the 3 million hits on the artists YouTube video yet there is more to understand from the phenomenal success of the artist. Tinari said that Liu Bolin enjoys connect with his audience and that’s what’s critical in this success story.
The turning point took place for the artist in 2007 when he took part in Eli Klein Fine Art’s show in Soho Gallery. The reaction received by the artist in this show from people was hilarious and serious collectors combined with curious watchers both turned up in huge numbers in the Gallery. Eli Klein Fine Art told The Daily Beast about the event “It was so clear by the reaction from the public that in the West the sky’s the limit with Liu’s work,”
Source: The Daily Beast
Photos: Eli Klein Fine Art, Artcat