Liu Bolin: The Man Who Turns INVISIBLE by Painting Himself

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Liu Bolin is a Chinese is the human chameleon. He paints himself and blends in with the surroundings like a tree in a jungle. Mr. Bolin also paints on other people and make them disappear… at least that’s what it seems like.

He is so good in his craft that globally recognized photographer partners with him every once in a while and sells the jaw dropping results.

Even though he vanishes almost 100% from the scene, he never paints his shoes. Of course, we need some clue to find him in the picture, don’t we?

Liu Bolin in Action

Most painters work with canvases. In his case, he himself is the canvas. Most artists paint to show, he does it to hide.

In front of a magazine stall in Beijing

In front of a magazine stall in Beijing.

The eye of the beholder

The eye of the beholder.

Standing in front of a graffiti in Beijing

Liu stands in front of a graffiti in Beijing.

The hidden angel in the temple

The hidden angel in the temple.

Intrepid in NYC

Intrepid in NYC.

Liu wears China's most symbolic color

Liu wears China’s most symbolic color.

Locate the shoes and you find the man

Locate the shoes and you find the man.

Do you find anything smarter than phone on this wall

Do you find anything smarter than phone on this wall.

Bolin poses in front of China made toys in New York city

Bolin poses in front of China made toys in New York city.

Feeling Fresh with vegetables

Feeling Fresh with vegetables.

At Chinese Grand Prix

Now he is great, we get it. But one question remains, and that is:

How Does He Do It?

Inspired by his work, Smithsonian magazine recorded him on video learning how he creates his magic. And the Atlantic took step by step photos of him turning invisible.
Below you can watch his step-by-step process of turning invisible.

In this gallery, Mr. Bolin is performing his art in Caracas, Venezuela.

1. It all starts as a team of designers visualize the final paintings and sketches

1. It all starts as a team of designers visualize the final paintings and sketches.

2. Completing the visualization is more than half of the work

2. Completing the visualization is more than half of the work.

3. They start painting his clothing and other props

3. They start painting his clothing and other props.

4. Is he wearing the invisibility cloak on his shoulders

4. Is he wearing the invisibility cloak on his shoulders.

5. His subordinates gives the finishing touches

5. His subordinates gives the finishing touches.

6. And the last part is painting the head

6. And the last part is painting the head.

7. A view from the side

7. A view from the side.

8. Find me if you can

8. Find me if you can!

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Comments
  1. Pratik July 31, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Amazing

    1. Ayaz Malik August 1, 2014 at 6:35 am

      Thanks Pratik, Sure is 🙂

  2. Hilde T August 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    This is cool!!!

  3. Ayaz Malik August 3, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Sure is! who wouldn’t want to be invisible.

  4. Love_Jamie_and_Jellyfish November 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    My one and only dream is to meet this guy!!!!!!

    1. Tayyub November 19, 2014 at 4:41 am

      Yes, but will you be able to find this guy? He’s invisible you know 😉

  5. colorfx June 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    This is great.

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