11 Great Examples of Hyperrealist Painting

In the world of the arts, hyperrealism is a pictorial trend in which if someone doesn’t tell you that you’re looking at a painting, you probably think you’re in front of a beautiful photograph. Therefore, we warn you that in this publication we only include hyperrealistic paintings made by the hands of extremely talented artists.

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Tjalf Sparnaay

Craving food in this chart? Does it sound good enough to include on a menu?

Hyperrealistic paintings of food meat by Tjalf Sparnaay

It is actually an oil painting, the work of the Dutch artist Tjalf Sparnaay, who often creates wonderful representations of food with his strokes. At 61 years of age, the artist is considered one of the most important figures in the international movement of hyperrealist art and has been working with the technique since 1987. The prices of his works range from $20,000 to $130,000, depending on the size.

Joongwon Charles Jeong

Often mistaken for a photograph, Joongwon Charles Jeong’s paintings are frighteningly realistic.

Hyperrealistic paintings Ian McKellen Joongwon Charles Jeong

The artist often uses very delicate brush movements and even details the pores on the skin of the characters he intends to portray. She is based in South Korea and studied Design and Visual Communication at the Hongik University of Fine Arts in Seoul. He also often shares his knowledge with young artists interested in the technique.

Gottfried Helnwein

Of Austrian-Irish origins, Gottfried Helnwein is a visual artist who works as a painter, designer, photographer, muralist, sculptor, and installation and performance artist, using a range of techniques and media in his work.

Hyperrealistic Paintings Gottfried Helnwein Girl

Essentially, Helnwein often portrays in his works problems related to psychological and sociological anxiety, as well as historical themes and political issues. As a result of this mix of volatile concepts, his work is often considered provocative and controversial. His paintings lie between the borders of the disturbing and the beautiful, but always with a hint of provocation.

And although the subject matter of his exhibitions generally does not please everyone (as it revolves around violence and children), his skills with brushes and painting are certainly undeniable. In addition, he usually paints with sunglasses.

This guy knows he’s good and it shows.

Emanuele Dascanio

The traditional graphite pencils in the hands of any mortal usually end up in nothing more than scribbles. But between the fingers of Emanuele Dascanio they can produce mind-blowing, almost unbelievable works. Dascanio’s realistic portraits vibrate with emotion, energy, and spirituality.

Hyperrealistic Paintings Father Emanuele Dascanio

With a masterful development of technique supported by his artistic gaze, he elaborates images that can deceive the most expert eyes.

Emanuele Dascanio was born in an Italian municipality called Garbagnate Milanese, in 1983. After graduating from art school, he worked on his own for five years. After this he became an assistant to the famous Australian painter Gianluca Corona. Corona taught his pupil the techniques of the ancient masters of the Renaissance. Since then, Dascanio has been recognized for his paintings in northern Italy, among the awards he has deserved is the prestigious national painting prize Le Segrete Di Bocca.

The subject in the portrait above was inspired by the image of Dascanio’s father.

Roberto Bernardi

Now 40 years old, Roberto Bernardi spends up to a month crafting each of his incredible visual works. A native of the town of Todi in Italy, the artist took up painting at a very young age, with his first oil paintings coming from the early 1980s.

Hyperrealistic paintings Roberto Bernardi fruit bowl

He dedicated his studio to learning painting techniques that would have a significant influence on his artistic training. After his first inclusion in the world of landscapes and portraits, Bernardi turned all his efforts to hyperrealism.

Currently, his works are available at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, in New York City, United States. Prices range from $20,000 to $130,000.

Eloy Morales

The image below looks like the result of an explosion in a paint factory, but it’s the stunning work of renowned Spanish hyperrealist painter Eloy Morales.

Paintings Hyperrealistic Eloy Morales Painting

Like our previous artist, it takes Eloy about a month to complete each of his works, working about eight hours a day in his studio. If we take into account the deadline, the amount of details, the size of the work and the quality of the hyperrealism in the finished work, it is impossible not to be impressed.

Morales, now 40 years old, has exhibited his works around the world starting in Spain, then Italy, France, England, Mexico and the United States.

Robin Eley

When you finally discover that Robin Eley’s works are oil paintings and not photographs, it’s impossible not to look again. As tricky as it is to paint people in such a realistic way, Robin still manages to “pack” his models in plastic, which gives his art a dash of extra awesomeness.

Hyperrealistic paintings Robin Eley plastic model

He spends approximately five weeks on each painting, putting in about 90 hours per week. It attempts to explore the perception of isolation in the modern world, and the plastic cover works as a means for this, as it is something that can be seen through, but is impossible to fully feel.

Diego Fazio

Known online by the pseudonym DiegoKoi, artist Diego Fazio is able to do incredible things with nothing but pencils. His hyper-realistic portraits are often mistaken for black and white photographs.

Hyperrealistic paintings Diego Fazio woman beautiful water

He was born in 1989 in the Italian town of Lamezia Terme and, unlike most of the artists on our list, is self-taught. He began drawing in 2007 and to date he has received numerous (and well-deserved) awards.

Ran Ortner

Ran Ortner is a very peculiar artist as his works consist of paintings of the ocean on canvases that reach two and a half meters wide. It usually shows no earth, sky, ships, figures, or any landmarks. His thing is waves, waves in a hyper-realistic way.

Hyperrealistic paintings Ran Ortner ocean waves

To achieve such realistic waves, Ortner often uses white in a predominantly old-fashioned way, due to its greater translucency. He mixes the color using oxidized lead and walnut oil, which he brews himself over low heat for three days. Its other colours – greys, blues and greens, some reddish and violet tones – also come from a traditional technique, from minerals combined with linseed, poppy or walnut oils.

In October 2009, Ortner was awarded the first ArtPrize, an annual competition founded by entrepreneur Rick DeVos, grandson of the co-founder of Amway. The half-million-dollar bonus is the largest monetary amount of its kind for art in the world and is awarded by popular decision.

After more than 330,000 votes, Ortner’s painting “Open Water No. 24” won. Before winning, Ortner struggled to make ends meet, and was even forced to take out loans to pay off his debts.

Kyle Lambert

You probably recognize this image of Morgan Freeman that went viral some time ago. They made it with an iPad and the person responsible was the artist Kyle Lambert, who took a month of work on the Procreate app.

Kyle Lambert Paintings Hyperrealistic Morgan Freeman

The British-born artist spent more than 200 hours on the app and made more than 285,000 brushstrokes, a process that was documented in a video – after all, it’s not the kind of thing that happens frequently.

Dru Blair

Photography? At the beginning of the article we mentioned that we would not put any and we will abide by it. This image is of a model named Tica and is not a photograph, but a painting.

Dru Blair Hyperrealism Paintings (2)

The incredible, detailed work belongs to Dru Blair, who uses a technique called “airbrush.” Using small airbrushes, he makes delicate strokes of ink, and this painting took him more than 70 hours of work to reach this level of detail. If you look closely, you can even notice the pores of the skin.



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