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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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                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                              10. Find some competition.

                                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                              11. Go exercise.

                                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                              12. Take a good break.

                                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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