Kei Mieno, an oil painter based in Japan, stuns viewers with his hyperrealistic paintings recreated from photographs.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on February 9, 2022. It has since been updated.
Japanese painter Kei Mieno creates hyperrealistic paintings that are so precise you're likely to confuse them with photos. Mieno, who released his first art book, plays with colors, light, shadows, contrasts and texture to develop incredibly lifelike portraits. His primary medium for his artwork is oil paint. He graduated from Hiroshima City University College of Art in 2007 and has since been following his passion as a painter. Mieno's artwork has been featured all over Japan, including the country's first museum dedicated to realist painting. Notably, he won a Hoki Museum Grand Prize Award in 2017 and has been featured in many art publications over the years. Here are 19 of his most beautiful creations.