Liu Bolin

Eyes Blindfolded

The series is composed of monochromatic red or white boys that are hiding their eyes. In these pieces of work, Liu plays with the contrast between the use of a bright colour and a smooth material cast in a positive physical pose (youthful bodies, radiant smiles, arched and energetic positions...) - elements that easily draw your attention - and the handicap that characterises each one of these young boys since they are all deprived of their sight. These figures are portrayed at a particularly influencable age to powerfully reflect a generation seeking to free itself from a simplistic education with little choice but to obey.  These little men seem to be saying "but I didn't know, I'm not informed of anything" and as they seem unaware of the world around them they are no doubt saved from much pain. Whether they are born blind or blinded by others, they remain dependent on those that govern them and appear fairly happy this way. Liu Bolin created them in series, like branded products en masse.

In Red Hands, people become blind.

Liu Bolin creates a world that appears to be fun and full of bright colours but is in reality uncaring, a reflection of the post Cultural Revolution era to which he belongs. Liu, who considers himself a more realistic than idealistic artist, has managed to express visually a feeling of unease, according to which, despite appearances, everything is not quite right.




Born in Shandong; he currently lives in Beijing


Graduated From Shandong Art College, Shandong, China


Graduated with a M.F.A. From The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Selected Solo Exhibitions


"Liu Bolin," Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

"Liu Bolin, Camouflages Urbains" Fondation d'Entreprise Espace Écureuil Pour l'Art Contemporain, Toulouse, France

"Liu Bolin: The Invisible Man," Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT

"Mask," Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY


"Liu Bolin," The Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton NY

"Liu Bolin," Photographers Limited Editions, Vienna, Austria

"Liu Bolin: A Secret Tour," Museo H.C. Andersen, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

"Lost in Art," Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY

"The Invisible Man," Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow, Russia

"Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body," California State University Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge CA


Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Paris-Beijing photo gallery 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Fotografiska Museum Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery, Paris, France


Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, The Museum of Fine Art, Caracas Venezuela

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Boxart Gallery, Verona, Italy

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Young gallery, Belgium

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Du Monde gallery, Hong Kong, China

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Forma Centro Internazionale Di Fotografia, Milano, Italy

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Sunshine Art International Museum, Song Zhuang Art Distict, Beijing China


Sculptures of Liu Bolin, Yanwu Gallery, Beijing, China

"Hiding in The City," Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona, Spain

"Getting Accustomed to Being Impermanent," Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

"Hiding in The City," Yu Gallery, Paris, France


Liu Bolin: China Report 2007, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, NY

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Bertin--Toublanc Gallery, Paris, France

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, 798 Art Zone,Beijing, China

Lin Bolin Solo Exhibition, Bridge Art Center, Beijing, China

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Hotsun Art Space, Beijing,China

Liu Bolin's live Solo Exhibition, Adler Gallery, Paris,France

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Mediterrance Gallery, Palermo, Italy

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Ifa Gallery, Shanghai, China

Liu Bolin solo Exhibition, Eli Klein Gallery, New York, USA

Liu Bolin Solo Exhibition, Bertin--Toublanc Gallery, Miami, USA

Sculpture Exhibition of Liu Bolin, Hotsun Art Space, Beijing, China

"Distortion"Exhibition of Liu Bolin, Hotsun Art Space, Beijing, China

Photo Solo Exhibition, Bertin-Toublanc Gallery Paris,France


Sculpture, Beijing, China

Distortion, Beijing, China

Liu Bolin, Galerie Bertin-Toublanc, Paris, France


Liu Bolin, Galerie Bertin-Toublanc, Paris, France


Liu Bolin's Sculpture, Passage Gallery, Beijing, China


Liu Bolin's Works, Ming Ren Gallery, China

Selected Group Exhibitions


"TED 2013," The Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA 

"Portrait(s)," Culture Centre Valery Larbaud, Vichy, France 

"Inner Journeys," Maison Paticulière Art Center, Brussels, Belgium 

"Religion, Ritual, and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art," Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 


"Changement de Décor," Festival des Arts Visuels de Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland 

"Bienne Festival of Photography," Bienne, Switzerland 

"Harper's Bazaar: Inside the Magazine," Yermilov Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine; 

Korobchinskiy Center, Odessa, Ukraine; Izolyatsia, Donetsk, Ukraine; Museum of Modern Art, Kiev, Ukraine 

"D.E.F.E.N.C.E. - A Consideration of Various Strategies in Biology, Politics, Economy, Technology, Military, Psychology, Society, and Culture," Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland 

"Performing for the Camera," Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ


Black White, Zero Art Museum, Beijing, China

Fotografica Biennale , Museo de, Eli klein Fine Art gallery, USA

Fotografia, Bogota, Columbia                                                                               


Fine Art Asia 2010, Du Monde Gallery, Hong Kong, China.

28th Nomboo International, Tianjin Acadamy of Fine Arts Museum, Tianjing, China

"Armed & Dangerous: Art of the Arsenal", Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, USA

"A Show of Power: Talons, Swords, and Samurai," Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, USA

"Chasing Flames-Miami", Zadok Art Gallery's Inaugural Exhibition, Miami, USA

"Passing China", Sanatorium Istanbul, Turkey

"Incarnation Two" Photo Exhibition, Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery, Beijing, China

HOMELESS HOME, Society-Political Contemporary Art Museum, Israel

"Fist at Yongkang Lu Art", Ifa gallery, Shanghai, China

"Reflection of Minds", MoCA Shanghai Envisage3, MoCA, Shanghai, China

The 1st 798 Multimedia Art Festival, 798 Originality Square Introduction, Beijing, China


Universe-Contemporary Chinese Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, U.S.A

Incarnation-Photos of Performance Art, Paris Photo Gallery, Beijing, China

Come From 5.8m, Li Space, Beijing China

"Out law"The Spring of Caochangdi, Beijing, China


Korea International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum, Korea

Blank Space 2009 Made in China, Intermediate Museum, Beijing, China

Shore-Institute of Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Moon River Museum, Beijing, China

4 Square, Vanguard gallery, Shanghai, China

Contemporary Sculpture And Installation Art Exhibition, 22 Street Art Zone, Beijing, China


Face East-Chinese Contemporary Art, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

Out of Place, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

International Art Exhibition, SunshineMuseum, Songzhuang Art Zone, Beijing,China

"Being"Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jinan, Shandong, China

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Liverpool, UK

"Force-Form"International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beijing, China

The Converted-Image, Dax Art Space, Beijing, China

Roma International Contemporary and Modern Art Center of International Exhibition, Roma, Italy


Chinese Dream, Chinese Modern Art Exhibition, Adler Gallery, Paris, France

China Modern Art Exhibition, Mediterranee Gallery, Italy

China Now: Lost in Transition, Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA

Beyond The City, ifa Village Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai, China

Made in China, Chinese Contemporary Art, Korea

Since, Gao Brothers Art Center, Beijing, China

Memory Exhibition Beijing, New York Art Center, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

New China, New Gallery, Houston, TX

Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France

United Exhibition of Communities at The Foot of The Great Wall, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China

Union in June, Chinese Performance Art Exhibition, Songzhuang, Beijing, China

Made in China, Chinese Contemporary Art, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China

Group Exhibition of Chinese and Overseas Artists, No. 1 China Art Base, Beijing, China

After..., Modern Art Exhibition, Beijing New Art Projects, Beijing

Back, Hot Sun Art Space, Beijing, China

Resetting, Suo Jia Village Modern Art Exhibition, Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen, Beijing, China

Off Center Generation-Post-1970s, Dashanzi75 Factory, Beijing, China

Chinese Performance Art Photos, Ying Gallery, Beijing, China

The 1st Breathing Shandong Modern Art Great Exhibition, Shandong Museum, Shandong, China

Computer Men Art Exhibition, Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China

Song Zhuang Art Festival-2007 Chinese Visual Files, Songzhuang Art Zone, China

Chinese and Chile Artists Made in Beijing-Chinese Contemporary Art, Korea

Olympic Sculptures International Exhibition, Millennium Monument, Beijing, China

Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, New Gallery, Houston, USA

"China Dream"Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Adler Gallery, Paris, France


China Modern Art Exhibition, Bertin-Toublanc Gallery, Paris, France

Contemporary Art Exhibition-"Visit by yourself", Songzhuang Art Zone, Beijing, China

Satellite 06 Contemporary Art and Design Show, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China

The 2nd "impact power" Exhibition of Contemporary Art, The Best Gallery, Beijing, China

Beijing View Exhibition, Beijing New Project, Beijing, China

Art Beijing Paris, Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing, China

Songzhuang Art Festival, Songzhuang Art District, Beijing, China

Qingzhou International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Qingzhou Museum, Shandong, China

Redstar, Redstar, Redstar, RedStar Gallery, Beijing, China

Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Korea

Opening of Beijing Distillery Art District, Beijing, China

The New Beijing; The New Starting Point, Sculpture Exhibition for the 2008 Olympics, Jintai Gallery, Beijing, China

Grey Red, Beijing New Project, Beijing, China

Nan Jing "Reference Inside And Outside"Exhibition, Nanjing, China.

"Demolish-CHINA", 75Factory, Beijing, China


Contemporary Art Exhibition of Dismantle, Xiyuantianlu Business Hotel, Beijing, China

Beijing Calligraphy Exhibition, Maside Art Center, Beijing, China

Lead Times, Chang Chau Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Tianjin Harbour Plaza, Tianjin, China

Di-Di-Dismantle, Beijing International Arts Camp II Ka Tsuen , Beijing, China


"Life is Beautiful" -2001 West Lake, Hangzhou Art Museum, China

Considerable, West Lake International Sculpture Exhibition, Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

The 2nd Invitational Sculpture Exhibition of Contemporary Young Sculptors, Hangzhou Fine Art Museum, Hangzhou, China


Works Exhibition, The 1st China Sculpture Competition, China


The 2nd Metals Work Exhibition, Passage Gallery, Beijing, China