Hyperrealism art is a work of art that looks so real to almost make one doubt their eyesight, making them wonder if such artworks are photographs or in the case of sculptures, the real deal.

It takes special skills to be able to produce these works of art.

The talented hyper-realistic artists whose prowess and attention to detail produce some of the most amazing works often take up to about 780 hours to complete their works, but the tedious process is just as meaningful as the outcome.

These artists use oil paint, watercolour or a combination of charcoal and graphite, with the subjects illuminated by a single source of light. When you look at the amazingly lifelike creations, every piece conveys a certain quality of precision and awe.

While some of these artists like Eli Waduba of Nigeria are lucky to get some exposure and rake in some money for their immense talent, a lot of them go unnoticed.

Here is a list of 5 of these artists that are doing amazing work but have not achieved fame due to one thing or the other:


Oresegun Olumide

Oresegun Olumide is a Nigerian hyper-realistic artist. The hyperrealism created in the oil paintings makes his work seem so lifelike that it is hard to believe they aren’t. He started drawing at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since then. He received some media attention in Nigeria and beyond after he posted some of his oil on canvas paintings on Facebook. He graduated with distinction in Fine Arts from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. He cites Pablo Picasso and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni as his role models. Olumide currently owns an art studio in Ikorodu where he showcases his works and exhibitions.



Chiamonwu Joy

Chiamonwu Joy is a Nigeria hyperrealist artist. She is a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, with a BA.Ed in English Education.

Chiamonwu, by the age of 8, had begun to draw cartoons on her sketchbooks and for her elementary school friends, out of sheer passion. In later years, she took an interest in hyperrealism.

Her attraction to the traditional and cultural values of the African people can be seen and felt by all and sundry as her artworks mainly focus on exploring and immortalizing these African values.


Clavers Odhiambo

Clavers Odhiambo is a Kenyan realist oil painter who specializes in hyperrealism. He owns a studio in Pangani, Nairobi and says it takes him four to 10 days to complete a painting. He started off with pencil drawings in high school and then moved on to acrylic on paper and after a while opted to move to canvas. One of his works was purchased as a gift for the president of Seychelles on his visit to Kenya by the Foreign Affairs office.


5 African hyperrealistic artists doing amazing work but are often overlooked

Emmanuel Jean-Michel

After making a hyperrealistic pencil portrait of French President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron in under 2 hours during his visit to Nigeria, Olamilekan made his debut on social media.

The 12-year-old Nigerian artist works from a makeshift art studio in Lagos, where he primarily uses pencils and ballpoint pens to create incredibly detailed portraits of friends, family, and notable figures.

He is inspired by the works of Michelangelo and fellow portraitist Arinze Stanley Egbengwu.


Jono Dry

Jono Dry is a South African artist born in Pretoria and raised in the seaside town of Hermanus. Most of his life has been in Hermanus where he has also help most of his exhibitions. Entirely self-taught, his unique photorealistic-surrealist works are usually created on a large scale, using graphite on paper or board. He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa.



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