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30 Hyperrealistic Art Pieces That Will Inspire You

30 Hyperrealistic Art Pieces That Will Inspire You

Hyperrealistic art is a type of sculpture or painting that looks a lot like a high-resolution photograph.

Hyperrealism initially started in the early part of the 21st century as an independent art movement and style in Europe and the United States. It is considered an advancement of Photorealism. However, unlike Photorealism, hyperrealist sculptors and painters use photographs as a source of reference as they try to create a more detailed rendition, which exhibits emotions and tells a story.

Hyperrealistic art often entails a softer, much more complex focus on a subject. Hyperrealist artists center much of their attention on emphasizing the details of a particular item, presenting it as a living, tangible object.

These objects and scenes are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a reality not seen in the original photo. Here is a list of 30 hyperrealistic art pieces by talented artists that have motivated many and may inspire you, as well.

Diego Fazio

Diego Fazio is a self-taught hyperrealistic artist. He was born in 1989 in Lamezia, Italy. He also goes by the name DiegoKoi. In fact, he began drawing the Koi carp early in his career.

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In March 2012, from about 7,000 participants from all over the world, DiegoKoi won the selection of International Art Prize Arte Laguna of Venice with his hyperrealistic art piece “Judgment.” He also won the finalist selection of the prize Cairo in Milan, one of the most prestigious awards in Italy, with his work “Raptus.”

diegokoi

    Pencil drawing by diegokoi

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        drawing by diego fazio
          feelings
            An astonishing example of hyper realistic art created by DiegoKoi.

            Jason de Graaf

            Jason de Graaf explains that when he creates hyperrealistic art, he tries to tell a story, or “hint at something beyond what is actually painted.”

            He explains his technique of choosing subjects that have meaning to him or are objet d’art from his life. He intuitively chooses colors and composition with the objective of infusing his paintings with mystery and mood. Additionally he tries to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds.

            aether
              “Aether” by Jason de Graaf – acrylic on canvas 27 x 44″
              everything i want is expensive
                “Everything I Want is Expensive” by Jason de Graaf – acrylic on canvas 24 x 24″
                evergreen
                  “Evergreen” by Jason de Graaf – acrylic on canvas 25 x 40.5″
                  theory of probability
                    “Theory of Probability” by Jason de Graaf – acrylic on canvas 36 x 36″
                    Jason de Graaf - A Wave Of Refreshment
                      “A Wave Of Refreshment” by Jason de Graaf – acrylic on canvas 24 x 30″
                      separate skies
                        “Separate Skies” by Jason de Graaf – acrylic on canvas 24 x 30″

                        Pedro Campos

                        Pedro Campos was born in Madrid in 1966. His hyperrealistic art is a clear reminder of the beauty and the detail of all things.

                        When creating his art, Campos chooses marbles, fruit, books, and soda cans as subjects for a variety of reasons. There is a complexity of these objects, which is hidden in daily life. He believes these objects possess and represent light and purity.

                        Pedro Campos formed the Official School of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art in Madrid in 1988. He has worked in the restoration of paintings and other art forms in Spain, and as an illustrator for various international advertising agencies.

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                        fruits
                          “Fruits” by Pedro Campos – Oil on canvas – 100 x 100cm
                          pencils and freud
                            “Pencils and Freud” by Pedro Campos – Oil on canvas – 116 x 89cm
                            corn flakes
                              “Corn Flakes” by Pedro Campos – Oil on canvas – 116 x 81cm
                              jelly bean delight
                                “Jelly Bean Delight” by Pedro Campos – Oil on canvas – 150 x 150cm
                                trilogy
                                  “Trilogy” by Pedro Campos – Oil on canvas – 162 x 114cm
                                  red iii
                                    “Red III” by Pedro Campos – Oil on canvas – 150 x 150cm

                                    Teresa Elliott

                                    Teresa Elliot is another creator of hyperrealistic art. She has been highlighted in numerous publications and has won countless awards, including the 2009 and 2010 People’s Choice from Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver.

                                    Teresa was raised in Texas where she found a connection with animals on her grandfather’s farm. She says, “It became a place and time to know my subject in their entirety. The study of animal bodies as landscape and this connection to something limitless keeps the process forever interesting.”

                                    deliverence
                                      Deliverance – 36×36 oil – Exhibited at the World Art Museum – Beijing, China – America China Oil Painting Artist League, 2013 – Exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, January 2012. Winner of the Chairman’s Choice award at the 2012 Art Renewal Center International competition.
                                      paintbrush ii
                                        Paintbrush II – 60 x 36 – Oil – Collection of EOG Resources
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                                          Bloom Trinitas – 30 x 20 oil – Available at Teresa Elliott’s studio.
                                          crema pastelera
                                            Crema Pastelera – 48 X 36 Collection of EOG Resources – The Carnegie Building, Ft. Worth, Texas
                                            san saba
                                              San Saba – 30×28 – Coors Western Art Exhibit 2010 Private collection

                                              Roberto Bernardi

                                              Roberto Bernardi started painting when he was very young. He was born in Todi, Italy on May 18, 1974. In the first half of the eighties, Bernardi completed his first hyperrealistic art pieces in oils. He was dedicated in learning all he could about pictorial techniques, which influenced his artistic arrangements significantly.

                                              In 1993, Bernardi moved to Rome and started restoration in the church of San Francesco a Ripa. He turned to hyperrealistic painting shortly afterwards.

                                              Roberto Bernardi’s paintings are found around the world in such places as New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, Greece, the United States, Belgium, Japan, Mexico, Germany, and England.

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                                              cerchi perfetti
                                                “Cerchi Perfetti” by Roberto Bernardi – Oil on canvas, 2006, 80 x 120 cm.
                                                naufragio
                                                  “Naufragio” by Roberto Bernardi – Oil on canvas, 2006, 80 x 55 cm
                                                  fuori o dentro
                                                    “Fuori o Dentro” by Roberto Bernardi – Oil on canvas, 2007, 76 X 106 cm.
                                                    obsession
                                                      “Obsession” by Roberto Bernardi – Oil on canvas, 2006, 80 x 112 cm.
                                                      il cerchio bianco
                                                        “Il Cerchio Bianco” by Roberto Bernardi – Oil on canvas, 2009, 90 x 110 cm.il cerchio bianco

                                                        Ron Mueck

                                                        Ron Mueck is a sculptor based out of London, England. He is a former puppeteer and model maker for children’s’ films and television. Mueck also creates hyperrealistic art.

                                                        Mueck has been creating art sculptures since 1996. His technique entails sculpting in clay, making a plaster mold around a form, and then replacing the clay with a mixture of resin, silicone, and fiberglass.

                                                        Most of his work is comprised of sculpturing human-like figures, both large and small.

                                                        couple under an umbrela
                                                          “Couple under an Umbrella” by Ron Mueck, 2013 – Mixed media – 300 x 400 x 350 cm / 118 1/8 x 157 1/2 x 137 3/4 in Installation view: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2013.
                                                          in bed
                                                            “In Bed” by Ron Mueck, 2005. Mixed media, 63 3/4 x 255 7/8 x 155 1/2 in. (161.9 x 649.9 x 395 cm). Private Collection
                                                            ron mueck at work
                                                              Ron Mueck working on a piece especially created for an exhibition at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France. Photo by: Gautier Deblonde

                                                              Featured photo credit: Naufragio/Roberto Bernardi via designalmic.com

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                                                              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                                              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                                              In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                                                              And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                                                              Why is goal setting important?

                                                              1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                                                              Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                                                              For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                                                              Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                                                              After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                                                              So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                                                              2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                                                              The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                                                              The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                                                              We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                                                              What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                                                              3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                                                              We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                                                              Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                                                              But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                                                              What you truly want and need

                                                              Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                                                              Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                                                              Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                                                              When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                                                              Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                                                              Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                                                              Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                                                              Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                                                              The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                                                              It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                                                              Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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