Liu Bolin: China's 'Invisible' Artist Found All Over the World [SLIDESHOW]
on February 13 2013 5:20 PM
  • Grab the Bull By the Horns
    Liu Bolin blends into famous Wall Street bull statue. Taken in New York City's Financial District, 2011. Eli Klein Fine Art/
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    Liu Bolin hiding in a toy store in New York. Taken in 2012. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • Poster Boy
    Liu hides among a Chinese construction propaganda poster, 2011. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • Temple of Heaven
    Blending into Beijing's Temple of Heaven in 2010. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • One With Nature
    Hidden among tall trees in China, 2010. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • Grocery Store
    Blending in with the produce at a Chinese grocery store, 2011. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • Dead End
    Liu is painted into the stripes of a Chinese road block, 2007. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • Under Construction
    Liu becomes invisible standing alongside a bulldozer in China, 2008. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • Along the Canal
    In 2010, Liu stands in front of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy. Eli Klein Fine Art/
  • Yellow River
    Liu wades in the murky waters of the Yellow River in 2011. Eli Klein Fine Art/
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Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist who has made a name for himself with his “Hiding in the City” photo series. Liu and his team of artists paint his body in a chameleon-like fashion, allowing him to blend into various backgrounds and becoming seemingly invisible.

In an interview with Crane TV, Liu explains how he first got the idea of becoming invisible when the government took away his creative space.

“I began shooting this series in November of 2005. I was working in the artist village Suo Jin Cun. I had a studio there torn down by the government. At the time I wanted to protest. … It was like being hit and hitting back. [So] I made myself disappear.”

Liu’s work has him blending into Chinese monuments like the Temple of Heaven or the Great Wall, to everyday scenes like a grocery store, or hidden within the nation’s city streets.

Most of the series’ photos take place in China; he is often pictured in front of scenes of different stages of China's development, profoundly remarking on the changes he is seeing.

“More are focused on China and concerns that arise from its development,” Liu said in the interview.

After seeing success with his work in China, Liu has taken his chameleon skills internationally. He can be seen (or not seen) in London, Venice and New York.

“You’re not constantly allowing your surroundings to swallow you up. In history we’re just a dot. How did you make your mark?”

Below is a video of how one of his photos comes together:

The rest of Liu's work can be viewed here.

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