Photo-realistic art is not a new phenomenon, with artists like Chuck Close and Gottfried Helnwein creating portraits that look more like glossy prints than paintings on canvas. But South Korean artist Young-sung Kim is taking the genre to new heights by generating art that he says is “more real than reality.”
Kim uses oil on canvas to create stunning and often mind-bending high-definition images of small animals such as fish, snails, lizards, and frogs. Kim, 46, told Insider that he spends 12 hours each day working on his masterpieces, which typically take anywhere from three to 10 months to produce and command $20,000 to $100,000 from buyers.
Check out Kim’s story, and his too-real-to-believe paintings, below.