Born in 1973 in the northern province of Shandong, Liu Bolin trained at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts, a student of the renowned artist Sui Jianguo, who mentored him at the beginning of his career. Liu belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability. Liu Bolin is best known for his series of performance photography Hiding in the City.
Since his first solo show in Beijing in 1998, Liu Bolin’s work has received international recognition. Among other international venues, his distinctive photographs and sculptures have been shown at the major contemporary photography festival Les Recontres d’Arles at Dashanzi Art Zone in Beijing, and he had solo shows at Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm, H.C. Andersen Museum in Rome, Forma Foundation in Milan, at Dashamzi Art Zone (Beijing) Photography Galerie Bertin-Toublanc and Paris-Beijing in Paris, Eli Klein Fine Art in New York, Boxart Gallery in Verona, Magda Gallery in Shanghai. He took part to 2013 edition of the annual TED global conversation in Los Angeles (NY).
He now lives and works in Beijing.