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.
The eye of the beholder.
Liu stands in front of a graffiti in Beijing.
The hidden angel in the temple.
Intrepid in NYC.
Liu wears China’s most symbolic color.
Locate the shoes and you find the man.
Do you find anything smarter than phone on this wall.
Bolin poses in front of China made toys in New York city.
Feeling Fresh with vegetables.
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.
2. Completing the visualization is more than half of the work.
3. They start painting his clothing and other props.
4. Is he wearing the invisibility cloak on his shoulders.
5. His subordinates gives the finishing touches.
6. And the last part is painting the head.
7. A view from the side.
8. Find me if you can!