Return of the Invisible Man – New Stunning Camouflage Works by Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin, the man who took the international art world by storm, in 2009, with his incredible ability to merge with the environment, has returned with a new series that makes him even harder to spot.

Nicknamed the “Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin is a master of camouflage art who spends up to 10 hours blending into various backdrops, with the help of paint. He puts on a suit and waits patiently as his helpers cover him in paint matching the colors of the background, until he becomes almost impossible to spot. Passionate about his art, this human chameleon he tries to get every little detail, every crack and crevice just right for that one perfect snapshot.  His latest exhibition, Hiding in the City, at New York’s Eli Klein Art Gallery, features some of his best works yet. It wasn’t for the shoes sticking out of the backdrops, I probably would have needed to really look at the photos to figure out where he was hiding. My favorites are the panda camouflage, the magazine stand and the toy aisle, but every one of his creation is simply mind-blowing.

Photo: Eli Klein Fine Art

We first featured Liu Bolin in 2009. Since then, he has received international recognition for his talent, and managed to get his message across to the entire world. The Chinese artist started using his camouflage art as a means of silent protest against the destruction of the Beijing artist village Suo Jia Cun in 2005. It was the home of Asia’s largest congregation of artists and an inspiration for Liu Bolin himself. He has said his artworks are a comment on man’s place in the world: ”Each one chooses his or her path to come in contact with the external world. I chose to merge with the environment.”

 Photo: Eli Klein Fine Art

Photo: Eli Klein Fine Art

Photo: Eli Klein Fine Art

 Photo: Eli Klein Fine Art


Photo: Eli Klein Fine Art

Source: Eli Klein Art Gallery


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