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Chinese ‘Invisible Man’ Returns With Camouflage Masterpieces

Chinese ‘Invisible Man’ Returns With Camouflage MasterpiecesChinese ‘Invisible Man’ Returns With Camouflage Masterpieces

Chinese artist Liu Bolin, 42, is known as ‘the invisible man’ due to the way he can camouflage himself inside his own artworks.  

Bolin, who has a master’s degree in fine arts, has had his work exhibited in museums around the world, Mailonline reported.

The nickname was earned after he used a technique of painting himself into the backgrounds of his work so thoroughly that he was almost invisible to the naked eye.

He belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from its cultural revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

In his most recent works, Liu manages to vanish amid a display of comic magazines and a montage of flags of the world. He also uses his skills to vanish against a mountain and a fruit stall.  

Bolin, who has spent years perfecting the art, says the images are a statement of his role in society. “Each one chooses his or her path to come in contact with the external world. I chose to merge with the environment,” he said.

When he is posing for the shots - after 10 hours of makeup - he claims even passers-by do not know he is there.

Bolin, who is also a sculptor and painter, goes through swathes of clothes as he smears them with paint for each image.

In one of his latest snaps, Bolin manages to disappear into the grey of a huge aircraft carrier docked in New York. Another one shows him camouflaged into a rack of magazines - making it hard to see where they end and he begins.