Meet the Real Life Invisible Man

Meet the real-life Invisible Man, an artist with the ability to disappear.   Liu Bolin is able to blend into any surroundings – no matter how complicated they might be.   The 36-year-old artist from Shandong, China, paints on himself to merge with whatever is behind him… People walking past his performances often have no idea he is there until he moves.  Liu said his work requires a lot of patience with him having to pose and work on his photographs for more than 10 hours at a time to get it just right.  Liu’s intention is to show how city surroundings affect people living in them.

He sees his work as a silent protest against the Government’s persecution of artists.

The Chinese authorities shut down his art studio in Beijing in 2005. Contemporary art was in quick development, but the Government decided it did not want artists to gather and live together.

“The situation for artists in China is very difficult,” he says.”The forced removal of the artist’s studio is in fact my direct inspiration for this series, ‘Hiding in the city'”.

The series has received critical acclaim from art experts across the world.

He says: “There are many people who like my work I think because my work has a quiet strength.”

“My work is a kind of reminder, to remind people what the community we live in really looks like, and what kind of problems exist.”

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