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13 Hyper-realistic Sculptures by Ron Mueck

While many artists strive to glamorize, and portray our world to be better than it actually is, others simply find art in our ordinary lives and our simple bodies. Mueck is one of those artists, and is now well known for his super realistic sculptures where he portrays humans at key stages in the life cycle, from birth through middle age, to death.

Ron Mueck, now working in the United Kingdom, was born in 1958 in Melbourne, Australia. The son of German-born toy-makers, he grew up making creatures, puppets and costumes in his spare time, experimenting with materials and techniques. He started his career as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s films (such as Labyrinth, The Storyteller and etc.). Later he was making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry. In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art and in 1999 he was appointed as Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London.

Without further ado, let’s take a little virtual museum tour, and explore these mind-blowing photo realistic sculptures by Ron Mueck.


A Girl

Bamboos for Looking Glass

In Bed

Bamboos for Kratzy

Mask II

Bamboos for Looking Glass, wikipedia, dmriver

Man in a Boat

Bamboos for Andricongirl, Andricongirl



Bamboos for masia vilalta, voss

Still Life

Bamboos for Looking Glass

Dead Dad

Bamboos for Looking Glass

Wild Man

Image credits: Looking Glass

Image credits: Christchurch City Libraries

Two Women

Bamboos for Andricongirl, dmriver

Woman With Sticks

Bamboos for Robert in Toronto, CHARLES VAN DEN BROEK

Big Man

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  • Sylvia

    really weird, what gallery is that?

  • Benito27

    Impresionantes detalles

  • Carolina

    EXELENTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • elli

    FANTASTIC!!!!! i’ve never seen anything like it.

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  • Ida

    The “Boy” sculpture is permanently on the museum Aros in the city of Aarhus in Denmark. Very impressive to see up close, the details are incredible! The artist is Ron Mueck from Australia.

  • Jane

    Some of these were at my local gallery in Aberdeen :) Got to see the big baby, the wild man and the face one :D

  • steve

    I have never seen neither of these sculptures. Althow i’d very much love to. I’ve seen those of Zarko Baseski, and immediately fell in love in realistic sculptures. Ron is great, but you have to see these too at

  • Tianyuan


  • df

    so terrible…
    oh my god..

    • d

      I’m kind of with you. But it’s still good art

  • Amedeus

    Mask is Bruce Campbell. A Girl is Anne Ramsey, the old mafia lady from The Goonies. In Bed starts with the mom from The Shining, but there’s something more, like somebody from an old painting. I couldn’t tell you who off the top of my head, though. Mask II is obviously the lovechild of Hugh Laurie and that big chin guy from Lazytown.

    Man in a Boat I can’t put my finger on. It’s the villain from some movie I’ve seen recently, but I couldn’t say which. Maybe Die Hard with a Vengeance, maybe Sherlock Holmes… maybe a combination, and then some? The mouth reminds me of Rowan Atkinson in the first season of The Black Adder.

    Now Couple is a very good one. The man is quite clearly a cross between Martin Freeman, who played Arthur Dent in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie, and David Dixon, who played Ford Prefect in the TV series. I have no idea who the woman is and, quite frankly, she creeps me out. And yet, she’s definitely familiar. Someone Irish, I think, and that certainly doesn’t make things easier on me. I am now, however, quite certain that the sculptor has to be from the U.K. Most likely England.

    Boy is Gollum, from The Lord of the Rings, and Deputy Wiegel from Reno 911. Still Life is Uma Thurman, Dead Dad is Edward Norton, and Wild Man is Charles Manson. Now, Two Women is very difficult. I know I’ve seen the one on the left, but I couldn’t tell you where. The one on the right I haven’t a clue in the world, but she’s obviously English – the jacket is a telltale giveaway. In any case, he’s stumped me here, and my hat is off.

    Woman with Sticks is Lori Beth Denberg, also known as the fat lady from All That. It’s crossed with someone, and I swear I should know this, but I’m failing to produce a name. For a moment I thought it was Betty White, but then I actually looked at a picture of Betty White and I’m completely wrong. The gay guy checking her out in the second picture, however, is Michael Raymond-James from Terriers.

    Big Man is either the troll from the first Harry Potter movie, or an el Gigante (I know that’s probably grammatically incorrect) enemy from Resident Evil 4.

    So yeah. He’s pretty good. FOR A TRACER.


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  • Cresswell480

    saw some of these at Belsay hall in Northumberland last year. They are so lifelike you expect them to be warm to the touch. Absolutely amazing how he gets such detail into the skin

  • Matt

    WOW! my heart actualy pumps so hard when i look at this art,, Is there a way to describe this artist yet?  God must love him icredibly…. i know we do! bless you ron,,,,,, i dont know you personaly but if you’re as good as your art is,,, may you and your art live forever, i love every piece ive seen…. thanx for it.

  • Diannadogsandkids

    Absolutely amazing !!!!!!!

  • vik

    why  am i not able to see the pics…

  • MacMolly

    Have seen Boy (on display at the aros museum in Denmark) several times and every time I’m amazed. He looks so incredibly real, it is extremely well done. 

  • Terry Getright Bolton

    This was amazing.

  • Mandy Walker

    This guy’s work is brilliant really diff!

  • Sassy_cajun_30

    Favorite modern artist of our time amazing talent

  • ReneeGrayTX

    I truly love his work

  • Kyle

    Looking at these feels almost voyeuristic, definitely crossed a comfort line for me! Good/bad, not sure. But certainly this artist captures life vividly. Amazing.

  • Gorilla

    Very good work. Not the most realistic & I’m sorry to say…. Very dull.

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