A South Korean Artist Reimagines Classic Art In Hyperrealistic Portraits

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Giuliano de’ Medici, Homer, Seneca the Younger… Have you ever wondered what these historical figures must have looked like when they were alive? With this idea in mind, one super talented artist from South Korea is using his amazing skills to recreate classic pieces of art, like statues and busts, into hyperrealistic portraits.

Meet Joongwon Jeong who uses acrylic on canvas to create artworks that look so realistic you might easily confuse them with actual photographs. And while other hyperrealists uses photographs and real life models to recreate their looks on canvas, Joongwon does the absolute opposite. He takes statues or ancient busts of famous figures and literally create a photograph of them. And not with a camera, but with a brush. His works are so detailed you can see all the pores, fine lines and blemishes. Fascinating!

Many people get fooled by his paintings and I don’t blame them. Because, of course, no painting can capture such details. The wavy strands of hair, lipstick on the lips. I can even see the pimples on her chest. It definitely takes a lot of talent to paint something like this.

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