ART: Liu Bolin, the Invisible Man.

As most  things I came across this artist quite randomly, a number of the photographs were posted on a forum without any name, title or useful information. As you’ll agree they are astonishing captures, and had to find out more about the artist. After a long, arduous search I found he is Liu Bolin, a chinese artist.

The 35-year-old Artist Liu Bolin, from Shandong, China, works on a single photo for up to 10 hours at a time, to make it ‘picture’ perfect.

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.

You have to appreciate the sheer time, effort and coordination hes put in to camouflage into his surroundings as he does, he achieves the right effect: sometimes passers-by don’t even realise he is there until he moves.

After a while you get into a ‘wheres wally-esque’ trance, scanning the photograph for ‘The Invisible Man’.


My favourite:

Love this one:

Some more off the Artnet site:

Hiding in City No88.

Therto alla Scala.


Took me a while to figure this one out…

Civilian and Policeman:

Hiding in the City No34: The East is Red.

His photographs are up for sale at: ArtNet and OddityCentral.



One response to “ART: Liu Bolin, the Invisible Man.

  • Eli Klein Fine Art

    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

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