It takes a special gift to be able to paint artwork with such precision that viewers start second-guessing their eyesight. Kamalky Laureano is undoubtedly one of those utterly talented artists whose paintings are easily confused with real high-resolution photographs. This Mexico City-based artist from the Dominican Republic puts so much attention into details, such as freckles, pores, and skin texture that it’s hard to believe it’s, in fact, paint on canvas. It feels as if you can actually see the countless hours spent perfecting the work, dedication and exceptional talent imprinted into his paintings.


“I like to create intrinsic patterns, controlled explosions of matter shaped until I'm happy.” – says 35-year-old artist on his Instagram page, which has now attracted almost 80k followers and counting. But what really makes Kamalky’s work stand out is his ability to portray the genuine emotion in his paintings which results in incredibly soulful finished artworks.


Look through some of Kamalky’s amazing paintings and don’t let the hyperrealism trick your mind.

More info: Instagram | Facebook | kamalkylaureano.carbonmade.com

#1

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Jasmine Sunflower Laake 7 months ago

You say this is an artist and not a photographer??? Whaaaaaaaaaat. Insane.

View more comments
#2

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

A Rose Among Thorns 7 months ago

Did he paint her individual pores

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

A Rose Among Thorns 7 months ago

It looks like this is a commercial for one of the new iPhones

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Tolga ÜSTÜN 7 months ago

Looks so real and that makes it unreal...

View more comments
#6

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Jasmine Sunflower Laake 7 months ago

Wow. Looks so real!! Wish I could draw like this

View more comments
#7

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Paula Greenberg 7 months ago

He is absolutely amazing. He captures such realism you expect the painting to breathe!

View more comments
#8

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Von 7 months ago

All of the subjects in these paintings appear to have horrific skin. I understand the hyperrealism aspect, but I find this extent to be unfortunate.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

ChiveChilly 7 months ago

I'm convinced these are photographs. They're unbelievable!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Tolga ÜSTÜN 7 months ago

I just... How is it... Just wow... Breathtaking technique!!!

View more comments
#11

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#12

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Maya Kuntz 7 months ago

This could totally be a photograph!

View more comments
#13

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

L Jennings 7 months ago

I like these reverse portraits better than the facial ones.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Sel Bonda 7 months ago

Marvelous! Depth perception astounding!

View more comments
#15

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Person2638 7 months ago

Me @ my friends when the teacher says you can pick a partner.

View more comments
#16

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Pat Wooster 7 months ago

That eye is amazing!

View more comments
#17

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Cakpop_and_Pringles 7 months ago

it looks like a child taking in the first winter snow (minus the snow of course)

#18

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Captain Marvel 7 months ago

...Pablo Picasso? Anyhow, this painting is beautiful. The artist has such talent!!

#19

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Joanne Longo 7 months ago

Zoom in on the nose, the little fuzzy hairs on the nose! Wow! Talk about detail!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Maya Kuntz 7 months ago

It makes me sad for some reason.

View more comments
#21

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Bumble 7 months ago

This dude knows his chiaroscuro!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#23

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

MammaG 7 months ago

Never cut your own bangs.

View more comments
#24

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Sel Bonda 7 months ago

Vow! Stunning work.

#25

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Tolga ÜSTÜN 7 months ago

Even the photo-focus feeling is there!

View more comments
#26

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Cakpop_and_Pringles 7 months ago

the backround looks real to! are we SURE they aren't photos???

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Jasmine Sunflower Laake 7 months ago

Me in bed at 10:00 realizing there was homework after 5 min. of laying there....

#28

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Alia G. 7 months ago

I think this one is the best. Not only is it hyper realistic, it portrays deep emotion. I don't usually actually feel much looking at art, but this one really got me.

View more comments
#29

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#30

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

PeachPossum 7 months ago

Yikes. Imagine this eye looking back at you through a peephole... a little too up close and personal.

#31

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#32

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

JozeeMom 7 months ago

Looks like my father in law.

View more comments
#34

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#35

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#36

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

MissDemeanour 7 months ago

"Stoner girl"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Renae Gross 7 months ago

Another creeper

#38

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#39

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#40

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#41

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Sel Bonda 7 months ago

Fantastic unconventional lighting!

See Also on Bored Panda
#42

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

A Rose Among Thorns 7 months ago

I love how this artist doesn't just portray idealistic people and creates images that include several differences and everyone is not conventionally attractive. This is something a lot of other artists don't seem to take into consideration.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#43

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#44

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#45

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#46

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#47

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

Kelly Horrigan 7 months ago

reminds me of the intro to OITNB

#48

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#49

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report

#50

This Is Not A Photo. Artist Can Confuse Anyone With His Paintings

kamalkylaureano Report