Cristina Penescu's animal artwork looks so realistic, it's really easy to mistake them for photographs. What's even more unbelievable is that the Romanian is self-educated and has no formal training.
"My love for art and nature began during early childhood," says Penescu. "Throughout my youth I possessed a strong fascination with the scientific and natural world… Continue
Added by Alyssa Anda on September 17, 2011 at 12:00pm —
If you thought that hyper-realistic paintings always seemed a bit dry and uninteresting, then perhaps you haven't seen these works by Jeff Ramirez. The Los Angeles-based artist keeps his subject matters fresh, making his pieces feel alive and relevant. Currently, you can see some of Ramirez's work along with those by other realist painters, like Aaron Nagel and Jennifer… Continue
Added by alice on September 12, 2011 at 10:00am —
Growing up in a small, rural northern Ontario mining town called Atikokan, Adam Makarenko wasn't your typical city boy. In fact, he was far from it. "I grew up in the wilderness, so nature is deeply rooted inside of me," he says. Take a look at his miniature dioramas and you'll notice how his past influences his present work. Makarenko meticulously constructs nature scenes by sculpting each… Continue
Added by alice on June 7, 2011 at 2:30pm —
After being completely amazed by Alan Wolfson's hyper-realistic Canal Street scene
, I knew I had to get in touch with him. Though the Q&A section
on his website is quite thorough, I still had some lingering questions. Wolfson was… Continue
Added by alice on April 18, 2011 at 11:30am —
When we first wrote about Alexa Meade, we knew her mind-blowing art would generate buzz. In fact, as one of our most popular posts of all time, Hyper-Realistic Acrylic Body Painting
was seen by over 350,000 people on My Modern Met alone. What set it apart?
Meade masterfully… Continue
Added by alice on September 22, 2010 at 10:30am —
Alexa Meade thinks completely backwards. Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas. But not Meade - she applies acrylic paints on her subjects and makes them appear to be a part of the painting!
Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models,…
Added by alice on March 14, 2010 at 11:30am —
The way Italian sculptor Carmelo Leone molded this hyper-realistic snail from polychrome clay is truly amazing. After staring at this piece for awhile now, it's still hard for me to believe that this snail isn't real.
Carmelo Leone is a self-taught artist who was born in Lecce, Italy in 1954. As stated on his website, "he connotes objects of daily use…
Added by Eugene on February 24, 2010 at 5:00pm —
Finnish fine art photographer Susanna Majur plays tricks on my mind - and I'm totally loving it! Her fascinating images feature human beings interacting with mother nature and her animals, yet the hyper-realistic scenes are fantastically underwater!
Majuri graduated from the Turku Arts Academy in 2004 and has an M.A. in photography from the University of Art… Continue
Added by Eugene on December 28, 2009 at 11:30am —
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this set featuring hyper-realistic typographic portraits, that phrase is literally true.
It's fascinating to see which words artists chose to construct the eyes, nose, and ears of their subjects. As we lean in to take a closer look, we find a deeper meaning though the text, as if we are reading their…
Added by Eugene on December 20, 2009 at 11:30am —
When done properly, body painting is one of the most fascinating types of art forms. If you look closely at the picture above, you'll notice that the leopard's eyes, cheeks, and chin have been painted on the floor. The back of a female volunteer forms the rest of its face, with her bottom used as the big cat's nose and upper lip.
Born and Raised in New…
Added by Eugene on December 20, 2009 at 12:30am —