Painting a Photograph in Rio de Janeiro

I saw this painting from the distance at ArtRio and was certain it were a photograph. When I came closer to examine the details, I realized the true craftsmanship. Note the nail polish, nose ring, the little tattoo behind her ear. I later on found out the painting is called Reflexão (Reflection). It is by the artist Eduardo Bortk and you can see more hyper-realistic (apparently that’s an art form..) paintings on his Facebook page.

P.S. ArtRio is enormous annual art exhibition and fair in Rio de Janeiro. I really do wish I had a couple of millions to buy some of the pieces but for now, I will have to settle for continuing to stalk the real buyers and dealers and practice my negotiations skills.

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