Posted below are some of the most amazing examples of visual art today. At first glance, these images appear to be photographs. At second glance, you will see that they are actually works of the hand; not the camera lens. The following works of art are truly paintings, not photographs. The artists who painted these masterpieces did not use any digital manipulation. These works of art were created with acute attention to detail, patience and an experienced knowledge of brushstroke and color technique.

Roberto Bernardi was born in Todi, a town in the province of Perugia, Italy, on May 18, 1974. Bernardi has been painting with oils since he was very young, and his studies were dedicated to the study of pictorial techniques. His works have been exhibited in both the United States and Europe.

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Alyssa Monks was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, in 1977. Monks began oil painting as a child and earned a bachelor in arts degree in 1999 from Boston College. She later earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art. Monks says she “chases realism” and is obsessed with painting the human body as realistically as possible.

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Doug Bloodworth’s work is heavily influenced by his childhood love of American Western classics and other American childhood themes. Bloodworth has painted many billboards and caricatures and earned a commercial arts degree in 1974.

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Other artists who paint pictures to look like photographic images include Mark Schiff, Gregory Thielker, Diego Gravinese, Eric Zener and Rob Hefferan. Examples of a few of these artist’s paintings are posted below, as well.

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Yes, it is true that most of these artists used photographs of these images as guides for their paintings. Still, it is amazing to see what the human eye and hand can create. You could say that some of these works are more true to reality than photographs.