Chinese artist Liu Bolin has been disappearing for years now. Using his own body as a canvas, he paints himself into the background. Bolin creates scenes that are statements about our relationship to our surroundings, and reflections on Chinese artists and their status in modern China. Beginning as performance art in 2005, his work includes a series titled, “Hiding in the City” and “The Invisible Man.” Collected below are several of his performances from the past few years and some of them, you really need to look hard to find him.
He is truly the master of disguise.
Liu Bolin is painted with the help of his colleagues to blend into rows of soft drinks in his artwork entitled, “Plasticizer,” on August 10, 2011.
Sometimes it can take up to 10 hours to get ready.
This is the Olympic Stadium in Beijing.
Can you see all three of them hidden in this picture?
This one is really amazing.
The backdrop in this picture is beautiful and it’s amazing how well he blends in.
And now you know why it can take up to 10 hours to create his artwork.
It looks like he’s been sitting here for years and his surroundings have started to reclaim him.
Alright, this one just confuses me.
In a forest.
This one took me a minute to find him.
This one took me the longest.
The finished project titled “Plasticizer”.
Not only does he get to visit a lot of beautiful places, he gets to turn them into art.
Hiding in a wall of cell phones.
I can definitely see why some of these took so long to create. He blends into the surroundings almost flawlessly, making it a true piece of art. I am always amazed at what people can do when they really put their minds to it. This is probably because I don’t have a creative bone in my body!
Could you find him in each of the pictures? Let us know in the comments.