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Liu Bolin’s Art of Being Invisible

Liu Bolin is a 35-year-old artist from Shandong, China, who has a special talent to blend himself into any surroundings by covering himself with paint. This human chameleon works on a single photo for up to 10 hours at a time, to make sure he gets it just right. Sometimes passers-by don’t even realize he is there until he moves.

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"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," Mr Bolin says. "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. Mr Liu says his work is also a protest against the government, who shut down his art studio in 2005.

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10 comments:

  1. Wow, that is incredible. I love the photos that you are using in your posts. Where do you get them? Congratulations on becoming a blog of note! If you have a minute, please stop by my two blogs: A Camp Host Housewife's Meanderings and Levonne's Pretty Pics.

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  2. Very nice, That guys reminds me of my little brother. I am always turning around and bumping into him. The kid is like a ninja
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  3. Amazing. What a tremendous talent!

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  4. It appears like a special effect; so good as to be fake. But, it is real! I have lived to be astounded once more.

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  5. I knew this was something cool when I completely scrolled past image 6 without realizing there was a person there. This was amazing!

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  6. Wow What a crazy genius! awesome

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  7. That's insane! What a fantastic illusion.

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  8. 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 www.ekfineart.com.

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