While some graffiti artists put questionable art and tags around cities, others are turning urban spaces into mind-bending art. The talented 31-year-old Mexican artist Carlos Alberto GH, based in Guadalajara, creates extraordinary anamorphic street art. He transforms dull spaces into surrealistic scenes that come to life at the right angle. It looks like his creations are jumping out of the pavement or walls and the best part is that you can make it seem as if you are interacting with them! The artist masterfully plays with shadows and perspective to create colorful 3D optical illusions that would make any passerby stop for a second and rotate their head trying to figure out 'how.'

Scroll this impressive gallery of Carlos Alberto's best works and check out his story in the interview below!

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Bored Bunny
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5 months ago

Amazing!

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Carlos Alberto has been painting all his life, but ended up as an art conservator until he fairly recently discovered 3D street art and proved that practice indeed makes perfect.

"I specialized in archaeological heritage, so I worked for some years in the Mayan Peninsula in Mexico with the restoration of mural paintings, but since I started to attend street art festivals (every year more often), I decided to pause my career and give 3D paintings a try. At first, it was a bit confusing, I didn't quite understand how to create the perspective to make the illusion work perfectly, but as I started to practice more and more, it became easy and mostly automatic for me, so now it is part of my life and I can't imagine myself doing anything different," the artist told Bored Panda.

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CrazedFalcon17
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5 months ago

YES BERNIE!

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5 months ago

birb

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So cool

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We asked Carlos Alberto what he found so fascinating about 3D street art.

"It was fascinating for me that this kind of expression was not only outdoors, but this art was close to people, in public spaces, urban areas, so they were able to see the creation process and be part of it. It's like a big performance. And at the end, they could interact with the final picture. This was impressive to me, so I had to try it."

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5 months ago

These look great!

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Alicia Hall Alicia Hall
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5 months ago

what

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Aaron Chavez
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i would be the one who will try to jump in

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"For me, the world around me is an endless source of inspiration. Nature is filled with wonders, so I try to represent the beauty of all the creatures I see, putting them into surreal contexts, like a magical dream," Carlos Alberto GH told us about his inspiration. "But not only that, I also find that human beings can be extraordinary and inspiring. Every time I read about someone doing good, it gives me hope that a better future can be built, so while I'm not painting people very often, their actions give me the inspiration to create and try to inspire others with my work."

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Why?
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5 months ago

So you want me to kiss you so that you'll turn back into a prince?

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LotusWolff
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5 months ago

This scares me

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

I FOUND NEMO

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

I can't tell what's real or fake anymore

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Oh, cool!

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Piper McLean
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5 months ago

How-

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

Sad fishy

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LotusWolff
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5 months ago

Lovebirbs

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

Nope

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Annemarie Mattheyse
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5 months ago

This. Is. WILD.

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LotusWolff
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5 months ago

Ouch

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Wow, these are actually pretty realistic!

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I'manoob!
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5 months ago

That can work both ways: "Clean the ocean up" and "Clean up the ocean"

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Glynna Bowood
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5 months ago

OK, hang on - why do the people on the pipe structure look so small- that's in real space...ack- this is messing with my sense of distance and proportion!

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Mimi M
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5 months ago

Love the colors on this one!

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

What's that blue thing?

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Glynna Bowood
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5 months ago

This one is great!!

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Siddharthkrishna Kodathala
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5 months ago

creepy bunny

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

I think this is at the wrong angle.

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Gold roses
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5 months ago

This is what happens when you ask mr. crabs for a raise

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Whawhawhatsis
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5 months ago

I love the shadows he painted under the fish, making them really look like they're above the ground!

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Beaner
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5 months ago

The cow😂

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Cool!

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Eunice Dharmawirya 1730055
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5 months ago

Optical Illusion in an optical illusion?!?! MINDBLOWNN

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Bruce Scheiman
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5 months ago

Just for curiosity's sake, I looked it up @Demon Child, and for the first first time ever, Google WOULDN'T PROCESS IT I am SMH

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Siddharthkrishna Kodathala
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5 months ago

he be going deep down

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

The crab kind of looks flat, though. But the person is really realistic!

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

What does "STREET ART MIX" stand for?

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Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

The man's face is just beautiful. So real!

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BlueReaper
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5 months ago

I love how he used the yawning expression for the lion instead of the lion looking normal.

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ebbaoruhaikekeluhe
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5 months ago

i see a hornbill

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Siddharthkrishna Kodathala
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5 months ago

ground-breaking hehe

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Yum!

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Gold roses
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5 months ago

I LOVE marvel! Lmao Stan lee outside the window

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Siddharthkrishna Kodathala
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5 months ago

at least the racoon is having fun

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Awesome!

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Wow! The people on the right are really realistic! It even looks like they're sitting on the stairs!

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

Gidy up

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TheFakeSteveRogers
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5 months ago

I think this is Adam & Eve, on Earth

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LotusWolff
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5 months ago

She gonna sting the hand?

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Oh, cool!

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QuirkyQuokka
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5 months ago

I must learn how to do this!

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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5 months ago

I am utterly speechless! These are incredible!!!

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Robert Catte (It, It's)
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5 months ago

Fabulous!