Your Eyes are Lying

Check out these amazing artists, whose work fools our eyes into believing that it’s something it’s not. Their portfolios don’t contain just one-off optical illusions. They’ve created, in their own unique styles, art that challenges our perceptions and forces us to second guess the assumptions that our visual sense tells us.

Liu Bolin blends himself into his surroundings, forcing us to find a figure in an everyday scene; Alexander Khokhlov and his partners collaborate to make us question whether we’re seeing illustrations or photographs; and Oleg Shuplyak paints portraits…within portraits.

Liu Bolin

WHERE: Lives and works in China. WHAT: Body Paint

One single photo takes up to 10 hours to prepare – Liu uses himself as a blank canvas, and with a little help from an assistant, he paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him.

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Alexander Khokhlov

WHERE: Moscow, Russia. WHAT: Makeup and Lighting

Weird Beauty and 2D or not 2D were created in collaboration with famous Russian makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan. Mix of face art, photography and post-production allowed to create optical illusions.

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Oleg Shuplyak

WHERE: Ukraine. WHAT: Oil Paints

Through strategically placed characters, objects, and coloring, Shuplyak’s surrealist works depict historical famous figures, including Darwin, Van Gogh, and Shakespeare.

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