Meet the Real Life Invisible Man

35-year-old Liu Bolin, from Shandong, China, manages to camouflage himself 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: sometimes passers-by don’t 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. It’s about not fitting into modern society. Despite problems with Chinese authorities, Liu’s works are appreciated at an international level.

Photos by CATERS NEWS and Liu Bolin
















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  • ted Posted on April 15, 2011

    this is really impressive work i really admire it because I’m also an artist but have never , came out with such a brilliant idea.

  • Eli Klein Fine Art Posted on June 10, 2011

    Liu Bolin has been doing his Hiding in the City series since 2005. It started as a political commentary on the tensions between the Chinese government and their people and the identity an environment gives an individual and vice versa. Liu Bolin will be exhibiting at Eli Klein Fine Art in New York from June 29 – August 28, 2011. Eli Klein Fine Art represents him exclusively in North and South America. More images can be found on

  • Southwood Posted on June 30, 2011

    Northwood can get fkd

  • Elizabeth Williams Bushey Posted on July 13, 2011

    Northwood: I think all of us commenting here are grasping the significance of Liu’s symbolism here. My suggestion, for what it’s worth?

    a) Attempt it, as deceptively simple as it seems.
    b) If you fail at the extreme patience it requires to match the background, try, at least, to remain as STILL as the exercise requires.
    c) If stillness is too much for you? Do us all a favor, and at the very least? Imiate Liu’s SILENCE.

    Those of us with the appropriate respect for the artist’s work will breathe an enormous sigh of gratitude.

  • Patrik Posted on July 20, 2011

    Love the way the colors melts in to to wall…. My mother thinks it’s great and would like me to take over this art form as my mission in life…

  • assyke Posted on July 31, 2011

    It´s beautiful, it makes one look different at our surroundings…

    is calling something not-art as pretentious as calling art art?
    i think it is
    the utter definition of what art is does not even exist

    i found your site mentioned at
    and got interested.

  • tanzil Posted on August 9, 2011

    its just painting
    i saw these on discovary channel

  • Rob Posted on September 15, 2011

    To tanzil:

    Using a roller to cover a room in magnolia matt emulsion is “just painting”.

    If you want to describe this as “just painting” then fair enough, but by that measure, the Mona Lisa is “just painting”, so to The Last Supper, Sunflowers, etc.

  • annisten Posted on November 7, 2011

    thats so cool

  • rdd Posted on January 27, 2012

    i dont understand who is the artist? the guy who is always on the photo or whoever paints his clothes and arranged the guy to the wall??