‘Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it’s what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story.
‘After graduating from school I couldn’t find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society.
I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world. From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system.’
In 2008, a series works named ďhiding in the cityĒ shocked the world. Inspired by how some animals can blend into their environment, Liu Bolin uses camouflage principles to create amazing contemporary art.
This series is an exploration of human nature and animal instincts which features Chinese citizens painted to blend into their surroundings. The subjects are covered head to toe in paint, camouflaging themselves in any surroundings, no matter how difficult they might be. Liu works on a single photo for up to 10 hours at a time, to make sure he gets it just right, but he achieves the right effect…
Hiding in Italy
Hiding in New York
Look carefully. A little closer. This is a portrait of a man trying to blend beautifully into the background.
Whether lurking next to a telephone box or standing to attention at a cannon, Liu Bolin has made an art of becoming the invisible man.
The Chinese artist is creating more than just startling images with his works…
Meet Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin…also known as ‘the invisible man’.
Liu works on a single photo for up to 10 hours at a time, to make sure he gets it just right, but he achieves the right effect: sometimes passers-by donít even realize he is there until he moves.
The talented Liu Bolin says his art is a protest against the actions of the Government, who shut down his art studio in 2005 and persecutes artists. Itís about not fitting into modern society. Despite problems with Chinese authorities, Liuís works are appreciated at an international level.