Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known to the world as “The Invisible Man.” His Hiding in the City series is an Internet sensation and has been exhibited in museums around the world. He, like most noted artists, draws inspiration from his brooding, politically charged back story. The Chinese government destroyed his Beijing commune in 2005. Since then, Bolin has used his art to highlight the troubled relationship between Chinese artists and their government.

Here’s an obvious question: How does an artist highlight a political atrocity by painting himself out of existence? 


I think Bolin used his art to hide his ass from the Chinese government, understandably so. If my theory is accurate, Bolin gets a survival skills award; but not a business skills award. His unusual art is in demand from New York to Beijing but has proven difficult to authenticate because he is…invisible. As a result, the international art market has been flooded with Hiding in the City forgeries.

We’ve done our absolute best to gather Bolin’s top pieces but cannot be held responsible if some clever fakes sneaked into our line up.

china wall
coal

shoes
house

stairs

bike

china street

mobster

homeless
newsstand

new york
pipes

toilet

US flag

forest