Hyperrealism is a visual art form, of which the end product is meant to resemble a high-resolution photograph. It differs from photorealism in that, with hyperrealism, the artist isn't using a photo as his inspiration. In my mind, this makes the work that much more impressive.

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Gustavo Silva Nuñez is an artist based in Venezuela, and he's got it down. He often depicts scenes with water, and that's what we're looking at below. Without further ado, dive right in!


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Our first piece shows a woman basking just below the surface of the water, as Gustavo adds some finishing touches to the water by her feet. Take notice of her leg — it appears as if it's Gustavo's hand that's lifting her out of the water.

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This one is especially captivating. This tattooed man bathes in a tub, perhaps a size too small. What's so impressive is the way the artist has painted his tattoos to reflect the depth of the water.

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This piece strikes the viewer because of its spectacular resemblance to a photograph. Notice how the light reflects on her not-yet-dry forehead & shoulders. Talk about attention to detail.

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An uncompleted work gives us a glimpse of Gustavo's process. It appears that he's applying some finishing touches to the parts of her body submerged beneath the surface.

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Again, we see Gustavo's tendency to create depth by turning the bodies of his subjects into canvases themselves. Aside from that though, notice the way the light refracts beneath the surface of the water, atop the subject's forehead. Astounding.

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Here, we see the artist's playful side, as he pretends to be splashed by the man he pushed into the water.

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Gustavo posing proudly alongside a finished piece.

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This close-up allows the viewer to discern a bit of what's happening in some of the more detailed parts of his paintings.

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The artist reflects on a day's work done.

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This collage gives us a deeper look at Gustavo's process. What's particularly amazing to see is how the representation of light evolves from one step to the next.

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You can find Gustavo on Facebook and Instagram. Just check out the credits below!