The Invisible Man: Mind-blowing Camouflage Artwork by Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin, 38-year-old artist has the ability to disappear, meet the real life invisible man. Inspired by how some animals blend themselves into the surroundings for self-protection, Bolin created these mind-blowing camouflage artworks.

  • Hiding in the City No. 86, 2009. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryHiding in the City No. 86, 2009. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Hiding in the City No. 80, 2008. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryHiding in the City No. 80, 2008. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Hiding in the City No. 71- Bulldozer, 2008. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryHiding in the City No. 71- Bulldozer, 2008. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Hiding in the City No. 84, 2009: "From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system." Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryHiding in the City No. 84, 2009: "From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system." Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Ponte di Rialto, 2010: "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," said Liu Bolin. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryPonte di Rialto, 2010: "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," said Liu Bolin. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Hiding in the City No. 91 - Great Wall, 2010: "After graduating from school I couldn't find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society," said the artist. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryHiding in the City No. 91 - Great Wall, 2010: "After graduating from school I couldn't find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society," said the artist. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Piazza San Marco, 2010: He said: "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," he said. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryPiazza San Marco, 2010: He said: "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," he said. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Teatro alla Scala, 2010:  He has toured his work across the world for the last 5 years, and is looking forward to a new exhibition at the Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery in New York City in 2011. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryTeatro alla Scala, 2010: He has toured his work across the world for the last 5 years, and is looking forward to a new exhibition at the Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery in New York City in 2011. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Duomo di Milano, 2010: "My resistance to the force of governments made me experience the life of people with no social status, no job, no family, no income and this was the emotional reason I began my series of works. My pieces talk about the question of the social status of art in general. In my work the artist is hiding to restore his strength and to protect himself," said the 38-year-old artist. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryDuomo di Milano, 2010: "My resistance to the force of governments made me experience the life of people with no social status, no job, no family, no income and this was the emotional reason I began my series of works. My pieces talk about the question of the social status of art in general. In my work the artist is hiding to restore his strength and to protect himself," said the 38-year-old artist. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Hiding in the City No. 84, 2009: "My urban camouflage paint series began after Suojia Village Art Campus where I was working was shut down by the Chinese government," said the artist. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryHiding in the City No. 84, 2009: "My urban camouflage paint series began after Suojia Village Art Campus where I was working was shut down by the Chinese government," said the artist. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Royal Box at Teatro alla Scala, 2010: In some cases, Liu Bolin has his assistants paint his body and then he remains extremely still until an unsuspecting passer-by happens to walk past. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryRoyal Box at Teatro alla Scala, 2010: In some cases, Liu Bolin has his assistants paint his body and then he remains extremely still until an unsuspecting passer-by happens to walk past. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery
  • Hiding in the City No. 83, 2009: Chinese artist Liu Bolin has become world renowned for his camouflage art. Liu uses a team of two assistants to paint the camouflage onto him to make him invisible, and each photograph can take up to ten hours to set up. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein GalleryHiding in the City No. 83, 2009: Chinese artist Liu Bolin has become world renowned for his camouflage art. Liu uses a team of two assistants to paint the camouflage onto him to make him invisible, and each photograph can take up to ten hours to set up. Photo: Liu Bolin/Ele Klein Gallery

Liu Bolin, 38-year-old artist has the ability to disappear, meet the real life invisible man. Inspired by how some animals blend themselves into the surroundings for self-protection, Bolin created these mind-blowing camouflage artworks.

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