Although photorealistic painting is definitely no recent invention, it has been receiving more and more attention from the art world in recent years. Numerous artists whose work is known internationally, such as Michael Zavros, Antonio Santin, Cheryl Kelley andAristides Ruiz to name a few, like to use real photographs as the basis or the starting point of their paintings, usually with breathtaking results. In a similar way, Venezuelan artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez paints unbelievably lifelike pictures of people, most of them swimmers interacting with the water around them. With his paintings which are realistic down to the last ripple and gleam of the water,Nuñez likes to take advantage of that trompe l’oeil on his instagram account, where he poses in front of his paintings as if he is touching or applying paint onto real people.
Born in Valencia, Venezuela, in 1980, Gustavo Silva Nuñez has participated in around 40 solo and group exhibitions in his home country and abroad – we should also mention he is the drummer of a band called Punky Brewsters!
Find out more at @gustavoinutero.
This is the kind of work that will seriously make you second-guess what you’re seeing.
Gustavo Silva Nuñez is a hyperrealistic painter. He specializes in creating scenes of people floating, swimming, or even just sitting in water. The level of realism in his paintings is pretty darned amazing, but Nuñez likes to take his art a step further.
When he’s finished with his paintings, Nuñez poses with them to create an optical illusion of sorts. The result is that it looks like he’s actually interacting with the people on the canvass. It’s pretty amazing, and works because his paintings are so realistic. Just check them out.