Lui Bolin-

After researching further into Protest art and contemporary practitioners, I came across Beijing-Based artist Lui Bolin. Like Ai Wei Wei, he is an activist who uses art to draw attention to social and political issues, he does this however, by simply dissolving into the background…

Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. Lui is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and centre — and completely unseen. He aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background. A combination of painting himself and employing others to do so, he manages to become almost invisible.

Lui is performing a form of ‘silent protest in his work that criticises china both politically and socially since its Cultural Revolution. Liu’s painted body fades into his landscapes. “Disappearing is not the main point of my work,” Liu has said. “It’s just the method I use to pass on a message… It’s my way to convey all the anxiety I feel for human beings[1].’


[1] Corporation, A.W. (2016) Liu Bolin. [online]. Available from: [Accessed 23 April 2016].