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

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Jasmine Sunflower Laake 2 weeks ago

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

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A Rose Among Thorns 2 weeks ago

Did he paint her individual pores

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A Rose Among Thorns 2 weeks ago

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

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 weeks ago

Looks so real and that makes it unreal...

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Jasmine Sunflower Laake 2 weeks ago

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

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Paula Greenberg 1 week ago

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

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Von 1 week 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.

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ChiveChilly 1 week ago

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

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 weeks ago

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

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Maya Kuntz 1 week ago

This could totally be a photograph!

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L Jennings 2 weeks ago

I like these reverse portraits better than the facial ones.

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Sel Bonda 1 week ago

Marvelous! Depth perception astounding!

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Person2638 2 weeks ago

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

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Pat Wooster 2 weeks ago

That eye is amazing!

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Cakpop_and_Pringles 1 week ago

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

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Captain Marvel 1 week ago

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

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Joanne Longo 1 week ago

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

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Maya Kuntz 1 week ago

It makes me sad for some reason.

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Bumble 2 weeks ago

This dude knows his chiaroscuro!

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MammaG 2 weeks ago

Never cut your own bangs.

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Sel Bonda 1 week ago

Vow! Stunning work.

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 weeks ago

Even the photo-focus feeling is there!

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Cakpop_and_Pringles 1 week ago

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

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Jasmine Sunflower Laake 2 weeks ago

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

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Alia G. 1 week 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.

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PeachPossum 1 week ago

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

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JozeeMom 1 week ago

Looks like my father in law.

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Renae Gross 1 week ago

Another creeper

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Sel Bonda 1 week ago

Fantastic unconventional lighting!

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A Rose Among Thorns 2 weeks 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.

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Kelly Horrigan 4 days ago

reminds me of the intro to OITNB